This past year, the folks with the National Park system tested out their new  "timed entry" reservation system, where future visitors would go online to reserve a parking place along the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road.

Initially, the Park Service had asked for a $2 reservation fee to cover costs of future visitors making an online reservation at Recreation.gov.  Now, they're proposing to charge a $6 reservation fee to support the vehicle reservation system for the Cadillac Summit Road at Acadia National Park beginning in May 2021.

The total fee for each vehicle reservation would be $6, with $4 allocated to National Park System operational and capital costs, and $2 allocated to administrative costs for Recreation.gov.

They're currently seeking input from the public on the increased reservation fee, and one can leave a comment between now and February 11th, HERE.

With 3.5 million visitors per year now, something had to be done to assure visitors to the Park that they'd have a parking spot to visit popular attractions.  After testing out the new system for about a month late last season, it was decided to leave the Sand Beach area out of the new reservation system this year and just focus on the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road instead. All other areas of the Park will be accessible without a reservation.

Vehicle reservations will be required for the Cadillac Summit Road between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.  There will also be a special sunrise or sunset reservation as well.

In order to make a reservation you must first register an account with Recreation.gov. and then select a date to visit. Reservations can be made available on a "rolling basis" as much as 6 months in advance, with a few saved to be handed out 48 hours in advance.
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