Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Jordan Pond is centrally located in the Desert Island section of Acadia National Park along the Park Loop Road.  The pond is a tarn that was created by the Wisconsin Ice Sheet and remains surrounded by the granite mountains that make Acadia famous. Most notably are the iconic North Bubble and South Bubble along the northern edge.  Jordan Pond is 150 feet deep and noted as the clearest water in Maine, with an average visibility to 44 feet. Jordan Pond is a popular stopping point for visitors to the park, given its scenic views, central location, and access to additional nearby activities including the Jordan Stream Trail, Jordan Pond Trail, South Bubble Hike, and Carriage Roads.

A restaurant onsite is a great place to stop for lunch, which is famous for its popovers, a light, muffin-like pastry. There are also flushing toilets and potable water. Dogs are allowed on leashes. There is a gravel boat ramp for non-motorized watercraft such as kayaks or canoes. No swimming is allowed for people or pets. For photographers, the Jordan Pond area can be successfully photographed at sunrise and sunset. Additionally, it makes an interesting subject to photograph on clear nights with the possiblity of capturing the Milky Way over the water. When the fog rolls in, moody images are possible anytime of day.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Easy access. Iconic location. Near additional activities.

Cons

Crowds.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Boat ramp(s)
Historically significant
Wildlife
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Shelters
Potable water
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Bird watching
Picnic tables
Wildflowers
Old-growth forest

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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