Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm
The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.
Construction is continuing throughout the park. More information can be found on our Temporary Closures page. More »
In 2007, Acadia National Park hosted the 5th Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering at the Schoodic Education and Research Center in the park. The Gathering brings together alpine managers, researchers, planners, and volunteers from the Northeastern U.S. and Canada every 2-3 years to share knowledge to protect the ecological and human values of these unique high mountain areas. Attendees participated in a Cadillac Mountain Workshop designed to elicit recommendations for visitor management on Cadillac Mountain.
In addition, a project to experiment with vegetative restoration techniques will begin in 2015. The end result of the research program and workshop results is expected to be a visitor management plan for the summit that considers protection of the natural and cultural resources, the scenic mountain landscape, the high demand for an iconic park attraction, and visitor freedom to roam the summit area. Park managers have also developed a preliminary vision statement for the summit area.
Baldwin E. 2002: Visitor Behaviors and Resource Impacts at Cadillac Mountain Acadia National Park, Part II: Sign Comparison Study. (park files)
Bullock, S., and S. Lawson 2008: Managing the "Commons" on Cadillac Mountain: A Stated Choice Analysis of Acadia National Park Visitors' Preferences.
Bullock, S. and S. Lawson 2007. Examining the Potential Effects of Management Actions on Visitor Experiences on the Summit of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park.
Jacobi, C. 2001: A Census of Vehicles and Visitors to Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park August 14, 2001.
Jacobi, C. 2003: A Census of Vehicles and Visitors to Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park August 1, 2002.
Jacobi, C. 2007: Cadillac Mountain Workshop Summary, 5th Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering, Acadia National Park, June 8 – 9, 2007.
Kim, M.K., and J.J. Daigle 2012: Monitoring of Vegetation Impact Due to Trampling on Cadillac Mountain Summit Using High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing Data Sets.
Kim, M. K. and J. J. Daigle 2010: Detecting Vegetation Cover Change on the Summit of Cadillac Mountain Using Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Datasets: 1979, 2001, and 2007
Monz, C. et al 2010: Assessment and Monitoring of Recreation Impacts and Resource Conditions on Mountain Summits: Examples from the Northern Forest, USA
Park, L.O. et al 2008: Managing Visitor Impacts in Parks: A Multi-Method Study of the Effectiveness of Alternative Management Practices (on Cadillac Mountain)
Turner, R. 2001 Visitor Behaviors and Resource Impacts at Cadillac Mountain Acadia National Park. (park files)
Van Riper, C., R. Manning, C. Monz, and K. Goonan 2011: Tradeoffs Among Resource, Social, and Managerial Conditions on Mountain Summits of the Northern Forest.
Did You Know?
The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.