• Traffic and Travel Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Labor Day Weekend at Acadia National Park

    Traffic and Travel Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Labor Day Weekend at Acadia National Park

    Though summer seems to have flown by, we find ourselves heading into Labor Day weekend! We continue to be grateful for the employees across Mount Desert Island and beyond, and applaud their commitment to keeping the destination as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, for visitors and residents alike.
    As travel plans are firmed up, we wanted to share these tips from the National Park Service should you be traveling to Acadia National Park for Labor Day weekend!

    • Stay up to date on state guidelines regarding COVID-19 before arriving in Maine
    • Be aware of the current status of facilities and services within the park due to the impact of COVID-19:
      • The Island Explorer public transportation is suspended for the 2020 season
      • All Acadia National Park campgrounds have been closed for the 2020 season, but many private campgrounds are open
      • Full list of current conditions is here
    • Learn in a socially-distant setting:
      • The Hulls Cove Visitor Center will host park rangers in an outdoor setting to provide information services 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily
      • Park rangers are offering a small number of ranger-led programs, masks required
    • Buy and print your park entrance pass online (all vehicles must display the pass in the park, including at trailheads or pullovers)
    • Explore new locations and alternatives:
      • During sunrise and sunset, the Cadillac Mountain parking lot fills quickly
      • Always have a plan B in the event parking is full when you arrive!
    • Review the National Park Service’s tips to stay safe while on the trails, in nature and on the water
    We hope you have a fantastic and safe Labor Day weekend! Thank you again to Bar Harbor’s employees who continue to contribute with immeasurable value.

    Photo credit Michael Belinski