Kingsleigh Inn Casual Elegance overlooking Southwest Harbor

Acadia National Park

Soaring Sea GullBass HarborWaterway along the Park Loop RoadCadillac MountainBass Harbor Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island, Maine

Driving Acadia

Acadia National Park is the only national park in New England and covers 41,000 acres; that’s about two-fifths of the entire island (see our map). There are miles and miles of carriage roads built by Rockefeller for biking, walking, or enjoying the romance of a horse drawn carriage ride, over one hundred miles of hiking trails of all levels of difficulty and an auto only 27 mile “Park Loop Road” circling the island’s summit, Cadillac Mountain. It is a spectacular location where you can absorb the mountains, ocean and islands simultaneously. Facilities at the park include 45 miles of carriage roads built by J. D. Rockefeller for walking, biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The park has 120 miles of hiking-only trails, 2 campgrounds, a restaurant, and 3 gift shops. Acadia averages 3 million visitors each year with the majority visiting during July and August (almost 700,000 visitors per month) and the fewest during December, January, and February (almost 38,000 visitors per month). Open year round, Acadia provides an abundance of recreational opportunities. In season Fees are $25 per vehicle for a 7 day period. The top right photo of the "Cairn" is a common directional rock stack to help guide hikers and is found on nearly all trails in Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park

The Official site from the National Park Service


Visit for an in-depth look at the island and activities along with a wonderful map illustrating the points of interest along the Park Loop Road

Acadia By Free Shuttle Bus

Free shuttle buses run at regular intervals around the entire island – during the busy season, guests will often say the shuttle is a welcome convenience.

Hiking Acadia

There are 26 mountains in Acadia National Park. Elevations range from 1,530 feet (Cadillac Mountain, at right) down to 284 feet (Flying Mountain, also at right). We have a great hiking book here at the inn for our guests to peruse called "A Walk in the Park" by Tom St. Germain which gives details about every hike there is on the island. It's among the best hiking guides available. The hikes are divided by areas of the island due to the island’s varied topography. He illustrates the changes in elevation, the duration of the hikes and what you will see along the way. The hikes on the island vary from level to strenuous and steep climbs up large granite steps or huge boulders to iron ladder rungs on the edge of a cliff. Some hikes run deep in the pine scented forests while others take you up smooth rock open to the sun. Here in Acadia National Park, there is a trail for everyone. We have hiking maps and information at the inn that we give to guests. We will make sure to highlight the areas not to miss, depending on your travel preferences. We also have hiking sticks for our guests to use.

Acadia Hikes and Trails


For Guided Rock Climbing Excursions and Classes


Hiking through lush forests of Acadia National Park tree fungus in Acadia National Park

A typical "Cairn", or directional rock stacks found along the trails of Acadia National Park
Boulder Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine

Harbor and Gray Seals off the coast of Mount Desert Island, Maine near Bar Harbor

Cadillac Mountain as seen from one of the nature cruises off Bar Harbor, Maine

Acadia Mountain Hike overlooking Somes Sound
Somes Sound seen from Fying Mountain
One of the 17 Stone Bridges in Acadia
Biking or Walking Acadia

Carriage roads

Biking along any of the 57 miles of carriage roads built by Rockefeller affords the rider varied levels of difficulty and picturesque trails. Some are exposed to sun, some meander along the coast providing some fantastic views, while others run through deep, lush pine forests for a completely different experience.

Whether you are equipped with your own bicycle or choose to rent one, Southwest Cycle is across the street from our inn. They’ll outfit your vehicle with the necessary equipment to transport the bikes around at your leisure, Email Southwest Cycle Bike Rentals or call 207-244-5856.

For Reservations or information,  Phone: 207-244-5302
Or write: 373 Main Street, P.O. Box 1426, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
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