Bar Harbor Maine Cross Country Skiing

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Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country skiing is a favorite winter activity. During good weather, part of the park loop road remains open, allowing access to the ocean vistas of Sand beach, Thunder Hole and Otter cliffs, free of charge.

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  • Check with local park officials for open ski trails, trail conditions and winter recreational planning before heading out on the trail
  • Dress warmly and let others know your route before heading out.
  • Dusk falls quickly in the winter so plan your trip for earlier in the day.


Begin your visit at the park headquarters winter information center, located three miles west of Bar Harbor on Route 233. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where to go Cross Country Skiing

Snowshoeing and cross country skiing is popular along the unplowed sections of the park loop road that is closed to car traffic and along the carriage paths. The closed loop roads and fire roads are also open to snowmobiles so be aware of these vehicles and stay off snowmobile trails.

Acadia National Park also maintains a network of groomed cross country ski track. See the park's up to date grooming report.

Acadia National Park Cross Country Ski Map:

Rentals & Fees

Athletic and sports equipment shops in Bar Harbor can supply you with the latest equipment for purchase or rental.

Hire a Guide

You may wish to leave the planning to someone else while you enjoy the benefits with a cross country ski tour. The ocean vistas are often more exciting when you can share the experience with family and friends with out the worry of unfamiliar territory.

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Other Cross Country Skiing Resources

Cross Country Ski Areas Association

The Cross Country Ski Areas Association website offers information on snowshoeing and nordic and skate skiing. Site has many links to resorts, events, snow reports, and kid related info.