Labor Day weekend at Acadia National Park: Traffic and travel tips – Mount Desert Islander

BAR HARBOR –Acadia National Park is on the top 10 list of most visited national parks in the United States, welcoming more than 3.5 million visits a year. Labor Day weekend is anticipated to be an especially popular time to visit. Parking is expected to fill early depending on the weather.   

 “We want people to enjoy their visit to Acadia,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Knowing what to expect helps people plan better and enjoy their time in the park.”  

The most congested areas that routinely fill to capacity will be Cadillac Summit Road (especially sunrise/sunset), Jordan Pond area, Sand Beach parking lot (routinely full by 9 a.m.), Eagle Lake Carriage Road parking lots (Route 233), Acadia Mountain parking lot (Route 102), Bass Harbor Head Light Station parking lot and Echo Lake Beach parking area.    

If you visit the Park Loop Road with a vehicle, please park legally and responsibly. Certain areas on the one-way section of the Park Loop Road allow right-hand lane parking. When parking in designated areas, make certain that all wheels remain on the pavement. Roadside parking outside of designated areas is prohibited. Oversized vehicles, such as recreational vehicles (or vehicles pulling trailers) are prohibited in certain areas.    

Acadia National Park is under limited operations due to COVID-19. Some facilities may not be available, and staffing may be limited. Visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly and practice social