• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.


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  • Temporary Road Closure

    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • 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.

Leave No Trace

Lichen damage

Lichen damage—we're not smiling.

Leave No Trace is a nationwide low impact outdoor ethics program of the four federal land managing agencies and an increasing number of state and local land managers, nonprofit land managers, and organized recreation groups. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a nonprofit organization that supports these efforts, and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, Wyoming, the Appalachian Mountain Club in Gorham, NH, and others provide training for agency staff and many others.

At Acadia, we include the Leave No Trace principles in our signs, brochures, and other programs. Four ridgerunners hired by Friends of Acadia spend each summer educating park hikers about Leave No Trace principles and doing trail maintenance, especially maintaining cairns.

In 2001, with state partners (the Leave No Trace in Maine Steering Committee), we produced a video entitled Leave No Trace in Maine that was distributed to many state organizations for free. If you would like a DVD copy of this video, please contact Charlie Jacobi at charlie_jacobi@nps.gov. The Steering Committee also hosted a Leave No Trace Master Class for Maine’s outdoor recreation leaders and land managers at a much reduced rate in 2005 and 2007 thanks to two Maine Recreational Trail grants. The Steering Committee is working on TV Public Service Announcements as well.

For more information you can also check out our two articles for the general public, No Stone Turned and Caring for Cairns; our two studies of cairn tampering on Gorham Mountain and Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail, and a summary of our cairn education efforts in the International Journal of Wilderness, Leave the Rocks for the Next Glacier. You can learn even more about how to Leave No Trace in Acadia for each LNT principle and specific activities.

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.