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Hulls Cove Visitor Center is the best place to start your visit to Acadia. It's right off Rt. 3 about 8 miles southeast of Trenton and is the largest of the park's information centers. Here you can buy your passes, talk to the rangers and gather all of the information you'll need to explore Acadia however you choose to. Do pick up free copies of the "Beaver Log" and Island Explorer timetables, a good driving map of the park, the Carriage Road User's Map, and purchase the "Motorist Guide: Park Loop Road."

Also get a good hiking map here if planning to explore more than the park's roads, and a tidetable for planning your walk to Bar Island. You can also sign up for ranger-led programs, browse the bookstore or grab a seat on the Island Explorer (this is one of its stops).

The center is open from 8:00-4:30 mid April - October, 8:00-6:00 in July/August, and is closed from Nov 1 - April 14th. To get to the front entrance involves climbing a 52-step flight of stairs but for those who need it there is supposed to be a more easily accessed entrance from a different parking area to the south of the main lot.

Address: Off of Rt. 3, a few miles northwest of Bar Harbor.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/acad

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  • Updated Jan 4, 2012
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