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Acadia's Search and Rescue team trains to respond to many types of emergencies.

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Emergency, dial 911

Safety Essentials

  • Tell someone your plans. Let them know where you're going, and when you plan to return.
  • Be careful while walking near cliff ledges
  • Remain in one place if you become separated from your group.
  • Check for ticks. Wear long pants and use insect repellent.
  • Poison ivy is found throughout Acadia. Learn to identify and avoid it.
  • Drive safely and wear your seatbelt at all times
  • Do not drink and drive
  • When in doubt, ask a ranger first

What Should I Bring?

  • Water; at least 20 oz (.6 L)
  • Map. Do not rely on your phone⁠— cell service is spotty in Acadia. Driving and carriage road maps are available free at Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Trail and other maps are also available for purchase.
  • Adequate clothing (rain jacket and warm layers). Weather can be unpredictable and change quickly.
  • First aid kit for outdoor excursions
  • Flashlight
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Take Care From Ticks

Ticks are prevalent in Acadia and are mostly active late spring to early fall. Tick-borne diseases are an increasing public health concern across the region. To limit your exposure:

  • Walk in the middle of trails away from tall vegetation
  • Wear light-colored clothing so ticks are easier to spot
  • Wear pants tucked into socks
  • Spray your shoes and clothing with repellent
  • Check yourself carefully after walks

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Poison Ivy and Other Plants

Poison ivy is found throughout the park. It is not an invasive exotic plant, but rather a native component of the plant community of coastal Maine. It thrives in areas of disturbance, such as along the shore and is tolerant of salt spray and other harsh conditions. Berries from the plant are a highly nutritious food for birds and animals. The vine provides cover and protects the soil from erosion.

As a native plant, poison ivy is protected in most places in the park. We do manage poison ivy along Ocean Path. We will never get rid of it or be able to treat all areas where people might come in contact with it, but we do try to reduce the greatest risk. Please use caution while in the park and keep an eye on your children and pets.

Remember, leaves of three, let it be! If you do come in contact with poison ivy, use soap and water within 30 minutes to gently wash off the resin from your skin or pet's fur. If you think you've come into contact with poison ivy on your clothes, promptly wash them with detergent. If a rash develops, consult your doctor.

For more information, visit our Poison Ivy article.

Other plants and mushrooms in Acadia may be poisonous or cause allergic reactions. Identifying hazardous species can be difficult for even the most experienced botonists. Gathering mushrooms is not allowed in Acadia.


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    Last updated: August 12, 2021

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