Park Loop Road opening
May 17, 2013: The entire Park Loop Road and all other paved roads in the park open today. All dirt roads in the park, including the Seal Cove Road, will open on June 3.
April 22, 2013: The Precipice, Orange and Black, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliffs Trails are closed until further notice because of nesting peregrine falcons. All other trails in the park are open, whether accessible from the park or from state roads.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center
May 17, 2013: The visitor center will open on May 19 and will be open 9-5 every day. All park passes are available there. There is an accessible entrance at the back of the building for those who have trouble climbing stairs.
Carriage Road Management
Biking on the park carriage roads grew enormously in popularity in the 1980s thanks to the advent of the mountain bike. Complaints from visitors and residents about crowding and problem behaviors led the park to apply the Visitor Experience Resource Protection (VERP) framework, a carrying capacity planning process. Dr. Robert Manning of the University of Vermont conducted survey research on carriage road users from 1994 to 1996 to gather information to support the VERP process and carriage road management decisions. Journal articles covering this research are available.
A summary report covers the application of VERP, the research, and management decisions. Carriage road monitoring reports are also available from 1997-present. The 2006, 2007, and 2008 reports also illustrate data trends since 1997. Finally, a 2003 report describes the development of a new regression estimator for carriage road use, and a 2006 report describes our look at equestrian use.
Monitoring thus far indicates no violations of standards for crowding on the carriage roads. Carriage road visitation has been flat for the period 1995-2008. Data indicate some concerns regarding four problem behaviors. We reevaluated our indicators and standards for behaviors in 2006. The process and results of this are described in the 2006 monitoring report.
Did You Know?
Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.