Skip directly to site content
Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Balance Rock, Acadia National Park

Balance Rock, Acadia National Park

Photo by Kevin Shields, from Where in Maine?

Autumn Sunrise overlooking Jordon Pond from North Bubble.

Autumn Sunrise overlooking Jordon Pond from North Bubble.

Like the rest of the world, Maine businesses are navigating the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to check websites for your destinations before visiting for the latest health and safety guidelines in place, and please remember to be patient and kind while visiting.

add bookmark

Nature & Wildlife in Acadia National Park

From the 1,530-foot peak of Cadillac Mountain*—the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard—to the rugged granite shores of Mount Desert Island, you can see a variety of ecosystems at work at Acadia National Park. Sculpted by relentless glacial forces, the area’s rocky terrain is home to a wide variety of species. Whether you'd prefer to explore seaweed-covered tidal pools at low tide, hike up the Precipice, or stroll through a thriving marsh or a field of wildflowers, you'll find enough diversity to fill hours of exploration on your first visit and every return visit afterward. You can follow the carriage roads that John D. Rockefeller commissioned to get a closer look at the park's forests, ponds and coastline.

Plant Species

While forests cover much of the park, Acadia supports more than 1,000 different plant species. These species thrive in conditions ranging from acidic, low-nutrient bogs, to tidal estuaries, to intertidal zones, to freshwater lakes and ponds, and even to exposed summits.

Animal Species

Acadia is also home to countless species of animals, ranging from the vital microorganisms at the bottom of the food chain to the predatory peregrine falcons that have rebounded from near extinction to repopulate the island’s cliffs. Here are a few of the species you might encounter during your stay:

  • peregrine falcons (and other raptors), songbirds (including as many as 23 species of warbler), sea birds, herons, sandpipers and harlequin ducks;
  • seals, dolphins, whales and other marine mammals in the waters off the coast of Mount Desert Island;
  • salamanders, frogs and toads in the park’s forests;
  • whelks, sea stars, crabs, urchins, mussels, periwinkles and barnacles in the park's intertidal zones;
  • and raccoons, skunks, otters, foxes, deer and the occasional moose.

Related Sites

*From May 26 through Oct 19, vehicle reservations are required for Cadillac Summit Road between sunrise and sunset.

Businesses & Organizations

Retrieving results.

Related Articles

Retrieving results.

Get inspired at the Maine Quarterly

  • In Maine, follow that moose

  • Free travel guidebook

No results found.

Businesses and locations related to: Nature & Wildlife in Acadia National Park

Loading markers...

Searching for ""Almost there...

Travelers from all U.S. states are able to travel to Maine without providing a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantining, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. International travelers from approved countries will be subject to any federal requirements for travel.

Learn how our safe travel protocols are helping ensure everyone's visit is a safe one.