April 20, 2015
Acadia National Park Prepares for Summer Season
Acadia has opened Park Loop Road at Acadia National Park to all vehicles for the 2015 summer season. The park’s carriage roads will be closed to all public access and use starting on April 22, 2015, to protect their gravel surface, which softens during the spring thaw, from post-holing and rutting inadvertently caused by walkers and bicyclists. The carriage roads within the park will remain closed to all public access until the National Park Service determines they are firm enough for reopening.
April 20, 2015
Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day in Acadia
In celebration of National Junior Ranger Day, Acadia National Park will host two special family festivals. Children 12 and under and their families are invited to get outside, get moving, explore Acadia’s nature and history, and discover ways to protect your park. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the great outdoors! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
April 15, 2015
Jordan Cliffs Trail closed
Adult peregrine falcons were recently observed defending Jordan Cliffs and the air space in front of it as well as being observed engaged in courtship behavior in the same area. Together these activities suggest that the adult pair of peregrine falcons have claimed the cliffs as their nesting territory for 2015. Adult falcons will often exhibit aggressive behavior toward visitors or staff on a trail or the cliff that is within their nesting territory and is the reason that Acadia National Park’s Superintendent, Sheridan Steele, has approved the closing of the cliffs and trail today.
April 02, 2015
Acadia National Park to offer car-free mornings
Visitors to Acadia National Park will have the opportunity to enjoy two car-free mornings on Park Loop Road in 2015. The National Park Service will close Park Loop Road on Mount Desert Island to private vehicles from midnight to noon on Saturday, May 16, and Saturday, September 26. The National Park Service will also waive the park entrance fee for all visitors during the car-free morning on May 16, and offer a fee-free day in celebration of National Public Lands Day on September 26.
April 02, 2015
Acadia National Park has $57.6 million in deferred maintenance
The National Park Service has released its Fiscal Year 2014 deferred maintenance statistics for national parks. The $11.49 billion nationwide total was up from the $11.3 billion reported at the end of Fiscal Year 2013. Acadia National Park’s share of the total cost of deferred maintenance is $57.6 million, which includes approximately $10.2 million for trails and $19.2 million for paved roads and associated bridges.
April 02, 2015
Peregrine Falcons are Back
Peregrine falcons are once again defending nesting territories on the Precipice and Valley Cove Cliffs in Acadia National Park. The Precipice & Valley Cove Cliffs & associated trails are closed.
March 30, 2015
Acadia National Park Joins National Find Your Park Movement
Acadia National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
March 30, 2015
Park Loop Road being prepared for opening
Park Loop Road is being cleared, but we anticipate the road opening will be delayed due to heavy snow and slow melting.
March 23, 2015
Invitation for Proposals to Host Ranger-Narrated Activities
“We recognize that adding our rangers to narrate some private outdoor adventures in and around Acadia such as boat trips, bike rides, bus tours, and hikes provides a service to area visitors and attracts visitors to these area businesses,” said Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “To be able to provide this service annually, we must competitively announce this service to local businesses in a Request for Proposals, as we have issued today. We must also assure that businesses fully cover the costs associated with providing NPS staffing for these services.”
March 22, 2015
Blackwoods Campground Late Opening
Due to record-setting heavy snow accumulation this winter, Blackwoods Campground will likely remain in winter operation mode through the month of April.
March 22, 2015
Thunder Hole Closure
Due to construction, Thunder Hole viewing area will be closed.
March 16, 2015
Seasonal Openings for 2015
“Maine has experienced record-breaking snowfall this year and we are still trying to find places to put all this snow as we try to clear roads,” said Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “Our advice to all travelers planning to visit Acadia this spring is that they come prepared to experience frozen or very wet conditions. The park is open but some of the roads and facilities may still be covered by snow and ice. Bring your snowshoes, skis, and coats to enjoy the snow and fully access the park.”
January 13, 2015
Road and Bridge Work in Acadia
Beginning on February 2, 2015 and lasting through the end of May, the Acadia National Park Schoodic Loop Road will be restricted to only south bound traffic across the Frazer Creek Causeway.
November 17, 2014
National Park Service Completes Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the release of the Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District in Acadia National Park.
October 06, 2014
Acadia National Park Announces Donation of Important Bird Research Collection
Acadia National Park is pleased to announce the donation of Barbara Patterson’s collection of bird research to the park’s natural history collection from the Patterson, Burnett and Wheeler Families. For more than 20 years, from the late 1950s through the early 1980s, Mrs. Patterson conducted annual investigations of migrating songbirds on her family property near Somesville, Maine. Mrs. Patterson worked independently to create one of the largest data sets ever made for the region, documenting her work banding more than 28,000 songbirds. The data are a valuable historic baseline from which new investigations can examine changes in species, life history behaviors and patterns, and uses of habitats.
August 15, 2014
Bridge Repairs at Acadia National Park Starting in Early September 2014
The National Park Service will be performing maintenance and significant repairs to several motor road bridges in Acadia National Park. The work will involve waterproofing, improving drainage, and rehabilitating and/or reconstructing masonry and mortar joints of the bridges. The repair work will continue over the next year and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2015.
July 30, 2014
Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place
Acadia National Park has been named “America’s Favorite Place” by ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) based on a nationwide poll of viewers. GMA asked viewers to nominate their favorite place in America in an online poll earlier this month, and the five finalists were Acadia National Park, Chicago’s Lakefront, Glacier National Park, Gulf Shores, and Lake Tahoe.
May 19, 2014
Acadia Quest: Uniquely Acadia Edition Offers a Fun Way to Explore the Park
The Quest is on! Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park invite kids and their families to explore Acadia together than through the fun and varied challenges of the Acadia Quest: Uniquely Acadia Edition. In the 2014 version of the Quest, teams will “collect” experiences on Acadia’s trails, carriage roads, water bodies, and unique destinations to complete the Quest.
May 12, 2014
Acadia National Park Centennial Logo Unveiled
In preparation for the celebration of Acadia National Park's centennial in 2016, Acadia National Park (ANP) and Friends of Acadia (FOA) today unveiled the official Acadia Centennial Logo at a meeting of the Acadia Centennial Partners at the Ellsworth City Hall. The logo, designed by Catherine Breer of Freeport, Maine, was the winner of the nationwide Centennial Logo Contest sponsored by the partner organizations.