Jordon Pond, Acadia National Park Photography Hot Spot

Jordon Pond – Acadia National Park Photography Hot Spot – Acadia National Park is a National Park located in the U.S. state of Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. Originally created as Lafayette National Park in 1919, the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River, it was renamed Acadia in 1929.

We can him and haw here and tell you about the magnificent views, the incredible colors, the dynamic shapes and go on and on but we won’t. We will just inform you that this whole park is one of the most incredible places in the USA. If you would like to do photography morning to night for days in a row, put this on your bucket list. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Acadia National Park is one of the most photographed parks in the United States. This image alone should portray why that is so.  Extra Eyes Photo Tours will take you to all of the hidden locations. It’s a great tour. See the details here www.extraeyesphototours.com

If you are looking to leave here and head to another northern area, read all about our journey from Acadia National Park, Maine to Fundy Trail, Canada. An incredible journey. See our Acadia National Park Milky Way Information here.

 

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Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees: All park visitors are required to pay an entrance fee upon entry May–October. Passes are non-transferable. Credit cards are accepted at all fee collection areas.

Private Vehicle: $25 valid for 7 days
Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.

Motorcycle: $20 valid for 7 days
Admits one or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle.

Per Person: $12 valid for 7 days
Admits one individual with no car.

Hulls Cove Visitor Center:
April 15 – October 31, open daily
April, May, June, September, and October: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
July & August: 8 am – 6 pm

Seasonal Closings:

Park Loop Road:
Closed annually December 1 – April 14. Road opening may be delayed on years of heavy snow and ice. Two short sections remain open year-round.

Unpaved Roads:
Closed November 15 – May 15.
Visit Trail Closures for information on closures associated with protecting nesting birds.

For a map of these restrooms, click here.

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Hotel Information:

No lodging is located inside the park but there are plenty of hotels just outside of the park. Here are Pam’s Picks for the best bang for the buck.

Bar Harbor hotel in Salsbury Cove with free breakfast and seasonal outdoor pool

Location:

Located in Salsbury Cove, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Hulls Cove Visitor Center and 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from Shore Path.

Hotel Features:

Along with a seasonal outdoor pool, this smoke-free hotel has a business center and laundry facilities. Free continental breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Additionally, express check-out, wedding services, and a garden are onsite.

Room Amenities:

All 96 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include coffee makers, free local calls, and hair dryers.

Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor – Acadia National Park

3-star hotel with 3 restaurants and outdoor pool

Location:

Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of  Bar Harbor Whale Watching.

Hotel Features:

3 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center are available at this hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a sauna, and coffee/tea in the lobby.

Room Amenities:

All 278 rooms offer room service, coffee makers, and cable TV. Other amenities available to guests include hair dryers, ironing boards, and desks.

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 Restaurants:

The Jordan Pond House Restaurant:

Located inside the park. This is where we stop to eat.

Address: Park Loop Rd, Seal Harbor, ME 04675

Phone:(207) 276-3316

Perry’s Lobster Shack:
1076 Newbury Neck Road
Surry, ME
207-667-1955 – This is where you go to do sunset photography and enjoy your incredibly fresh lobster diner. Don’t go here and not have lobster.  I actually got up during diner and did some sunset photography and came back. I was out on the deck. No one seemed to care. I could have shot it from my seat but of course I needed just the right angle. There was a dock and a man fishing below to get in my sunest shot.

Perry’s is run by Perry and his wife Beverly. The lobster shack is on the side of Newbury Neck Road, with stairs leading to the town beach. Perry’s menu is simple, with fresh lobster, mussels, and corn on the cob.

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Camping:

Blackwoods Campground

Located on Route 3 the campground is 5 miles (8 km) south of Bar Harbor. It is open all year, with the following restrictions:

  • May – October: Reservations recommended. Fee: $30 per site, per night.
  • April and November: Weather permitting, Fee: $10 (self-registration)
  • December – March: A limited number of campsites are available for primitive camping only in the off season at Blackwoods. During this time campers must obtain a camping permit from the dispatch at park headquarters (8am – 4:30 pm daily). Facilities are limited to a hand pump for water and a portable toilet. The campground entrance road is closed to automobiles during this time; campers are required to hike in from the campground entrance on Route 3. Campers must pack out all trash. Fee: Free. For more information, visit the Winter Camping page.

 

Schoodic Woods Campground

Located on the Schoodic Peninsula, this campground is 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Winter Harbor. It will open in 2015 from September until Columbus Day. After this season, it will be open from late May until Columbus Day. The entire campground will be first come, first served this year. Reservations for following years are highly recommended.

Fee (per site, per night): $22 walk-in tent sites, $30 drive up tent/small RV, $36 RV with electric only sites, $40 RV with electric and water. Discounts available for Senior and Access (Permanent Disability) pass holders.

Reservations for Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds
Reservations for individual sites are handled by the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), not the park.By Phone
877-444-6777
877-833-6777 (TTY)
518-885-3639 (International)
888-448-1474 (Customer Service)

Online
www.recreation.gov

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