Winter in Acadia

Photo Credit: HB Mertz

Winter in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is open in the winter and offers numerous activities for those who don’t let a little snow stop their outdoor fun.

  • Cross-country skiers and snowshoers can enjoy the 45 miles of carriage roads (nearly 32 of which are groomed) and unplowed park roads.
  • Snowshoers and experienced winter hikers can head out on the park’s numerous hiking trails if equipped with traction footwear and trekking poles.
  • Snowmobiling is allowed on the park’s unplowed fire roads and the 27-mile Park Loop Road, including the road up Cadillac Mountain. Maximum speed on the Park Loop Road is 35 mph.
  • Winter camping is available for free on several primitive campsites at the Blackwoods Campground from December-March for visitors prepared for a short hike to the camp site and possible extreme weather.
  • Ice fishing on the larger lakes and ponds is popular generally from January to March.
  • Birding in Acadia is great in the winter. Deciduous trees have lost their leaves, opening the forests for easier viewing of the species tough enough to survive Maine’s long winters. The ever-present black-capped chickadees have company from snowy owls, Harlequin ducks and others that winter in the woods and shoreline.
  • Schoodic Point is a particular favorite with birders.
  • Check out year round activities offered by the Schoodic Institute, located on the Schoodic peninsula.
  • There are also wonderful scenic drives for those happiest in a warm car. A small section of the Park Loop Road nearest the ocean is open for driving, weather permitting.
  • Keep up-to-date on current park conditions - especially in winter – by checking the park’s official Facebook page.
  • Rental equipment including snowshoes and skis are available at Cadillac Mountain Sports in Bar Harbor
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