Drive to the top or take a challenging hike up Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point both in Acadia and along the Atlantic Coast. Above tree-line, you’ll get expansive views of coastal Maine.
- Drive or hike to the highest point on the Atlantic Coast
- Walk the short path around the summit for stunning views of Bar Harbor, the Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay
- Climb up the South Ridge trail for a challenging 7.5-mile hike
- Catch the first rays to hit the U.S. on a sunrise hike
Acadia’s tallest mountain and the highest point on the Atlantic Coast, the 1,530-foot peak of Cadillac Mountain is known as the first spot the sunlight hits the U.S. most mornings. Hike or drive to the top for views of Bar Harbor, the Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay.
If you plan to drive to the summit, head West from Bar Harbor on 233. Take a left onto Park Loop Road and follow the well-marked signs for Cadillac Mountain Road to begin your windy 3.5-mile climb to the peak.
For the South Ridge Trail, park along Route 3, five miles south of Bar Harbor. The trailhead is located in the Blackwoods Campground.
Cadillac Mountain’s winding 3.5-mile road is closed from December 1 through April 14.
Most visitors drive to the summit, then get out and circumnavigate the peak on a short .3-mile hiking loop. But trekking up is an option too. Try the scenic trail that starts at the Blackwoods Campground for a 7.5-mile round-trip. You’ll gain 1,530 feet as you climb up the South Ridge Trail, staying away from the busy road for the majority of the hike. Stop at the Featherbed, a small glacial pond, for a peaceful snack before joining the crowds on the summit.
To enter Acadia, you’ll need to pay a $20 (June 23-early October) or $10 (May 1-June 22 and early October-October 31) fee per vehicle.