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Little Hunter’s Beach Acadia National Park

Little Hunter’s Beach – 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. Created as Lafayette National Park in 1919, the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River, it was renamed Acadia in 1929.

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.

Little Hunter’s Beach Photography Hot Spot. Little Hunter’s Beach is one of my top ten places on earth to go to for photography, among other things. If there is a location where you can get close to the Universe and Nature, this is undoubtedly it. Don’t plan on zooming through here in the excitement of photographing the rest of the park. Please take a minute to ground yourself on the earth and connect with nature and its awe-inspiring elements at this beach.   Did you ever hear millions of rocks washing up on the shore in waves? This is a sound you may never hear again in your lifetime. If you meditate, plan on doing that during your photography break here.

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This spot is located on the southeast side of Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park at Hunters Head. You can find this area of the park on Park Loop Road.  It’s hard to find because it is hidden from sight. Extra Eyes Photo Tours will take you here on their tour. A trail faces the water on the left side of the cliff area. You can go up there and shoot down, as seen in the image above. Be careful; pay attention to your footing and how close you get to the edge. It’s not the most magnificent view to get shots, but being up there is a fantastic experience.

If you want to leave here and head to another northern location, read about our journey from Acadia National Park, Maine, to Fundy Trail, Canada—an incredible journey. >Read more here.

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Buy a Neutral Density Filter to get the milky water effects while doing long exposure photography. A filter will allow you to slow your shutter speed. 

Photography Information

Lens: This is a wide-angle lens location.

Gear: Bring your tripod and your circular polarizing filters. The circular polarizing filter will make your puffy white clouds burst and deepen the blue around them. It will also remove the glare from the water and replace it with reflection. Bring your tripod in case there is not a lot of light to work with to get your depth of field when desired. Don’t forget your neutral density filter to do long exposure shots of the moving water.

Gear List at a glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release.

When to go: This is dark sky territory. Don’t go unless it is a new moon, or you might regret all the milky way shots you will miss. Any time of year is good except when they close the roads due to snow. This is a tourist hot spot! Go off-season or mid-week. See our Information on where to find dark skies to plan your trip.

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Little Hunter’s Beach Area Information

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Colony Acadia Maine

Colony Hotel and Cabins

20 Route 3, Hulls Cove, Bar Harbor, ME, 04644, United States of America888-950-5062

Bar Harbor motel in Hulls Cove with free parking

Hotel Information:

No lodging is located inside the park, but there are plenty of hotels just outside of the park. The Colony Motel and Cabins is where we stay. It is one of the closest places to stay near the park.

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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.

Winter Restrooms:
The following restrooms are open during winter operations:

  • Brown Mountain Parking Area
  • Eagle Lake Boat Ramp
  • Eagle Lake Carriage Road
  • Fabbri Picnic Area
  • Jordan Pond Boat Ramp
  • Parkman Mountain Parking Area
  • Sand Beach Parking Area

For a map of these restrooms, click here.




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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
877-833-6777 (TTY)
518-885-3639 (International)
888-448-1474 (Customer Service)




Restaurants Near Little Hunter’s Beach

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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.  We all actually got up during diner and did some sunset photography and came back. No one seemed to care. We could have shot it from our seats outside on the porch but of course we wanted just the right angle. There was a dock and a man fishing below to get in the sunset 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.



 Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. Use a low ISO such as 50 or 100 if it is bright and sunny.

If you photograph cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to help avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places, be careful!

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