Entrance fees to the park are collected at several gates and points from May through October; the rest of the year, entrance is free—one of this nation’s great outdoor bargains either way. A 1-week pass, which includes unlimited trips on the Park Loop Road (closed in winter), costs $30 per car from May through early October; there’s no additional charge per passenger once you’ve bought the pass. Hikers, cyclists, and anyone else traveling without a vehicle (that is, motorcyclists or boaters) must pay a $15-per-person fee.
You can enter the park at several points in the interwoven network of park and town roads—a glance at a park map, available free at the visitor center, will make these access points self-evident. The main point of entry to Park Loop Road, the park’s most popular scenic byway, is near the official park visitor center at Hulls Cove (on Route 3 just north of Bar Harbor); the entry fee is collected at a tollbooth on the loop road, a half-mile north of Sand Beach.

No daily pass to Acadia is available, so if you’ll be here more than 2 weeks, purchase a $55 annual Acadia pass for your car instead of several $30 weekly passes. Or, if you really travel a lot, consider buying an $80 “America the Beautiful” national parks pass—it gets you and your vehicle and your passengers into nearly all properties managed by the National Park Service for an entire calendar year.

Regulations: The usual national park rules apply. Guns may not be used in the park; if you have a gun, it must be “cased, broken down, or otherwise packaged against use.” Fires and camping are allowed only at designated areas. Pets must be on leashes at all times. Seat belts must be worn in the national park (this is a federal law). Don’t remove anything from the park, either man-made or natural; this includes cobblestones from the shore.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.