Acadia National Park: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

Acadia National Park: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Acadia National Park


Situated on the coast of Maine, Acadia National Park contains pebble beaches, rugged cliff sides, beautiful forests, and is home to the tallest mountain on the Atlantic Coast of the United States, Cadillac Mountain. The park is enjoyed year-round but is especially pleasant in the summer. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, and kayaking are among the many things to do in this gorgeous park. With something to offer to everyone, Acadia National Park is a recreational playground for outdoor enthusiasts.


For camping itineraries, please note, this is a participatory camping trip, where all Travelers will assist in setting up camp and cooking meals. Guides will teach you the best methods for quick set up and take down of tents and will lead the cooking, providing clear instructions and oversight. If you’ve never set up camp or cooked outdoors before, this is the perfect opportunity to learn under expert supervision!


Established: February 26, 1919

Area: 49,075 acres (198.60 km2); 861.46 acres (3.5 km2) private (in 2017)

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)

Emergency Number: 911

Outlet: Type A


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Temperatures in Acadia vary greatly from season to season, but it is always best to come prepared with layers, even in the summer. Always check the weather forecast before your visit. The below chart shows the average temperatures per month.


Month High Low
January 29°F 10°F
February 31°F 13°F
March 38°F 20°F
April 50°F 31°F
May 61°F 40°F
June 71°F 49°F
July 76°F 55°F
August 75°F 55°F
September 67°F 48°F
October 55°F 38°F
November 45°F 29°F
December 34°F 17°F


Fun Facts

  • Acadia National Park was the first national park to be created east of the Mississippi River, and the only national park in the Northeast.
  • It contains over 150 miles of hiking trails.
  • In 1947, a fire started in the park that engulfed 10,000 acres of the park, resulting in the destruction of natural habitats, local homes, and businesses. The fire changed the natural composition of the park. Birch and aspen trees grew in place of where spruce and fir trees previously were. The National Park Service states that spruce and fir will gradually make their way back into the park’s ecology.
  • Acadia is the fifth smallest national park by land area but is among the top ten most visited.
  • The park is also home to a range of animals including bobcats, harbor seals, luna mothswalruses, bullfrogs, and peregrine falcons.


Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $10-15 per person/per day
Drivers USD $5-10 per person/per day



Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the National Park Service's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.


Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all Travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, or from a provider of your choice.


How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all Travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please take a look at our luggage restrictions below.


Will there be charging ports? There will be limited outlets. Power banks are recommended.


Do you provide any gear? All your camping equipment (other than a sleeping bag and pillow) will be included. This includes tents, chairs, sleeping pads, stoves, canopy, lanterns and all cooking equipment (pots, pans, dishes, etc).


What tents will we be using? Tents will be 4-person camping tents, double occupancy. You’ll use camping pads on the ground beneath your sleeping bags.


Will there be WiFi? Wifi and cell service are usually non-existent or very limited at the campgrounds. Some campgrounds may offer free wifi, although it may be unreliable.


What facilities are available? Please be aware that not all campsites have shower facilities. If that is the case, your Guide will take the group to a place to shower. Please have cash or spare change on hand as you may need to purchase shower tokens.

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