Acadia National Park covers 47,000 acres on the coast of Maine. The majority of the park is positioned on Mount Desert Island and features rocky beaches, vibrant forests, and staggering granite peaks. Acadia attracts over 3.5 million visitors each year, making it one of the top 10 most visited parks in the country. There are over 50 miles of historic roads to explore and 158 miles of hiking trails to enjoy. 

Bridge at Sunset
Beautiful fall colors of Acadia National Park in Maine. Photo by: F11photo.

About Acadia National Park

Acadia boasts its status as the first national park east of the Mississippi River. It offers breathtaking views of jagged coastlines and pristine lakes. Cadillac Mountain, situated in Acadia, is the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic coast, rising to 1,530 feet. 

Osprey Fishing, first plan
Osprey Fishing in Acadia National Park in Maine. Photo by: Harry Collins.

Along with the amazing scenery, there’s a plethora of wildlife to observe. Expect to encounter:

  • Fox
  • Raccoons
  • Bobcats
  • Coyotes
  • Minks
  • Rabbits
  • Bats
  • Owls
  • Eagles
  • Otters
  • Beavers
  • Seabirds
  • Whales

Where to Stay in Acadia National Park

There’s so much to explore in Acadia National Park that you’ll want to stay awhile. The park offers areas to camp, but staying in a cabin may be more your style. If you choose to stay on Mount Desert Island, you'll be close to the park and everything it has to offer. There are also little villages – Bass Harbor, Bernard, Manset, Seawall, and Pretty Marsh – in the area. Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be relatively close to all the main attractions that Acadia National Park has to offer. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Tide Watch Cabins

  • Starting price: $259 - $349 per night
  • Nearest trail: Cadillac North Ridge Trail, 4.8 miles long
  • Water onsite? Yes
  • Highlight: Frenchman’s Bay

Tide Watch Cabins is a series of five separate cabins located near Bar Harbor. These cabins are conveniently positioned on the shores of Hulls Cove for serene ocean views and easy beach access. Enjoy delicious eateries within walking distance. The cabins are less than 1/2 mile from the park 

Each cabin comes with a queen-sized bed, bathroom with shower, coffee station, mini fridge, television, and porch to enjoy the scenery. This is a great place to stay for a romantic couples' getaway or even a solo trip. 

2.  Acadia Cottages

  • Starting price: $165 - $205 per night
  • Nearest trail: Flying Mountain, 1.5 miles long
  • Water onsite? Yes
  • Highlight: Eco-friendly

Acadia Cottages is a set of 15 cabins tucked away in the woods in the charming town of Southwest Harbor. The cabins range in size from studios to suites. They all provide a kitchen, bathroom, private porch, A/C, WiFi, and outdoor recreation area for bonfires. It’s a 5-minute walk to town where you’ll find amazing food, art galleries, bakeries, and cafés. There's also free shuttle service to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Acadia Cottages is committed to preserving the environment and providing visitors with eco-friendly products. This is a fantastic location for a family vacation.

Perso Surfing On Sea Waves
Acadia National Park, Maine. Photo by: Trevor Hayes.

3.  Writers Cabin

  • Starting price: $100 per night
  • Nearest trail: Ship Harbor, 1.3 miles long
  • Water onsite? Yes
  • Highlight: Private dock

Writers Cabin is a quaint and cozy cabin located on Mount Desert Island. This small cabin offers everything you need for a comfortable stay near Acadia National Park. There’s a queen size bed, kitchen, bathroom, and an outdoor shower. To top it off, you’re mere steps away from the sea with your own private dock. Even if you’re not a writer, it’s the perfect place to relax, kayak, look for sea glass, and get inspired!

4.  Blueberry Field Cabin

  • Starting price: $220 per night
  • Nearest trail: Beech Mountain Trail, 1.3 miles long
  • Water onsite? Yes
  • Highlight: Blueberry field

Blueberry Field Cabin is a beautiful 2-bedroom cabin located in Southwest Harbor. This secluded cabin sits on 10 acres of land that includes a vibrant blueberry field. This space offers two bedrooms, living room, full-size kitchen, washer/dryer, bathroom, gas grill, and outdoor patio. 

The cabin is about a 7-minute drive to the center of Southwest Harbor where you’ll find everything you need from entertainment to great food. This is an ideal location for anyone interested in a spacious and private cabin near Acadia National Park.

Brown Rocks on Water Near Green Trees
One of the most famous photography spots. Photo by: Benjamin Rascoe.

5.  Acadia Yurts & Wellness Center

  • Starting price: $171 - $187 per night (on average)
  • Nearest trail: Marshall Brook Trail, 1.2 miles long
  • Water onsite? Yes
  • Highlight: Wellness center

Acadia Yurts and Wellness Center is a unique and vibrant community set in a lush forest that offers a variety of rentals for visitors. There are six different yurts varying in size, a few tiny homes, and space for camping. The yurts are incredibly colorful and spacious and offer everything from a full-sized kitchen, living room, queen size bed, bathrooms, heat & A/C, and large outdoor recreation area. 

If that's not enough, there's a fully equipped wellness center, offering yoga classes, massage therapy, a full spectrum infrared sauna, and even a flotation room. This is a great place to stay if you’d like to connect with the community in a healing and safe space. 

View of Mountains Under Blue Sky
Vibrant Acadia National Park forests. Photo by: Wei Zeng.

Enjoy Your Stay

Acadia National Park is a true treasure tucked away on the coast of Maine. This park deserves all the attention for its pure beauty and welcoming nearby towns. Visiting Acadia is a great opportunity to explore new places, enjoy the endless seafood, observe the wildlife and relax by the calming waters. Pack your bags for an adventure where land meets sea and mountains meet the shore!

Sunset over Bass Head Light in Acadia National Park, Maine. Featured image by: Zak Zeinert.

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Emily Leikam
Emily is an avid traveler and has been all around the world from Alaska and Iceland to Peru and Bali. Her home base is Nashville, TN and when not traveling you can find her hiking, practicing yoga or cooking/baking!