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    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Carriage Roads Closed

    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.

Rock Climbing

Cliff climbing at Otter Cliffs.

Sea cliff climbing at Otter Cliffs.

Rock climbing increased greatly in popularity at Acadia in the 1980s. Otter Cliffs became crowded largely because of its popularity with groups, easy access, and spectacular setting. Severe soil erosion and vegetation loss occurred. The installation of fixed protection was also increasing at Acadia and of concern to managers, although it was not excessive when compared with other climbing areas in the region.

Between 1995 and 1997, Acadia National Park developed a climbing management plan with public input. The plan was approved by the superintendent and the regional director on July 1, 1997. Several actions recommended in the plan have already been implemented. To protect soils and vegetation from further damage, the park installed a limited amount of fixed protection at Otter Cliffs. Vegetative restoration work took place there in 1998 and areas are now roped off to prevent human activity and allow recovery, which is now quite evident. A portable toilet was installed in the parking area at Otter Cliffs in 1997. Group use of Otter Cliffs is now limited to two groups of 12 persons each day and reservations are required. A self-administered registration card system for all climbing in the park began in August 1997; it was eliminated in 2001, having served its primarily educational purpose.

For a look at the plan and other associated climbing documents, visit the Acadia National Park Climbing Management page.
 
Fixed protection on top of Otter Cliffs.
Fixed protection on top of Otter Cliffs.

Did You Know?

A park ranger points out features of a tree to visitors during a ranger program.

From late May to early October, park rangers at Acadia National Park offer a variety of programs to suit every interest and activity level. Programs include walks, talks, hikes, narrated boat cruises, bike rides, and more. Check out the Beaver Log for a schedule of programs. More...