Principle 7: Be Considerate of Others
Leash Your Dog
- Unleashed dogs may intimidate other hikers, especially children, and ruin the experience of peace and quiet sought by visitors. Taking a leashed dog into Acadia is a privilege that is not available in all national parks; help keep it that way.
Let Nature’s Sounds Prevail
- Keep a quiet profile. Noise invades a sense of solitude and obscures natural sounds. Use cell phones or radios for emergencies only. If you must use them, be discrete; other visitors don't want to hear your conversation.
Yield to Other Hikers
- Choose a durable surface and step aside before the other person.
Keep Your Group Small
- Large groups increase the perception of crowding, are noisier, and impact the environment more than smaller groups.
- If you have a group of ten or more, consider breaking into smaller groups or take different routes. If you rejoin for a rest break, be sure to use a durable surface that is large enough for the whole group.
- Recommended maximum group sizes:
- Hiking trails – 10 persons
- Carriage roads – 10 persons
- Sea kayaking/island use – 12 persons
- Rock climbing – 12 persons
- Off-trail use – 6 persons
- Less is more!
When you are not home and not alone, courtesy is cool.