Resources

Visit Maine (www.visitmaine.com) The state's official tourism website, with loads of tips on places to go and itinerary planning.

Acadia National Park (www.nps.gov/acad) Lots of insight into the national park, including upcoming event listings.

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/new-england/maine) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

What to Take

Clothing aside, you'll want to make sure you're properly outfitted for your trip to Acadia. Even if you're only planning to undertake short hikes, it's worth the time and investment to assemble gear that serves you well.

  • Backpack or day pack For hikes, consider using a day pack that doubles as a hydration system (such as a Camelbak); if you're using a reservoir system, you'll still want to bring a water bottle as a backup for longer hikes.
  • Waterproof gear Make sure you have good rain gear (and waterproof boots) before hitting the trails. Precipitation is always a possibility, no matter when you come.
  • Walking stick A good walking stick or two lightweight ski poles will come in handy while hiking the challenging uphill and downhill trails in Acadia.
  • Light source Even if you intend to complete your hike before nightfall, bring along a flashlight just in case the situation changes and you can't make it back before sunset.
  • First aid kit At a minimum, you'll want antiseptic wipes, bandages, gauze pads, medical tape and antibacterial ointment to treat cuts, scrapes and blisters. It should also include pain-relief medication (such as ibuprofen), insect-sting relief, antihistamine, tweezers and a pocket knife (or other multi-tool). Don't forget to pack epinephrine if you're allergic to insect stings, and bring any other meds you might need (such as an inhaler if you have asthma and pre-filled insulin pens if you have diabetes).
  • Camping Equipment If you're planning on camping, be prepared for the elements: even in summer, nights can be chilly. Three-season sleeping bags will serve the needs of most campers. If you're coming outside of summer (bear in mind that only Blackwoods Campground is open all year), you'll want a sleeping bag that rates below freezing. You'll also want a sleeping pad for insulation from the cold ground. Inflatable sleeping pads work best; foam mats are a low-cost but less comfortable alternative.

What to Wear