• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • 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.

  • Bubble Pond Carriage Road closure

    Bubble Pond Carriage Road will be closed to all traffic Monday 9/15- Wednesday 9/17 from the parking lot to Triad-Day Mountain Bridge. More »

Cultural Resources

Baker Island

Cultural resources can be defined as physical evidence or place of past human activity: site, object, landscape, structure; or a site, structure, landscape, object or natural feature of significance to a group of people traditionally associated with it.

Types of cultural resources often found in national parks:

  • Archeological resources: The remains of past human activity and records documenting the scientific analysis of these remains.
  • Historic structures: Material assemblies that extend the limits of human capability.
  • Cultural landscapes: Settings we have created in the natural world.
  • Ethnographic resources: Sites, structures, landscapes, objects or natural features of significance to a traditionally associated group of people.
  • Museum objects: Manifestations of human behavior and ideas.

Examples of cultural resources found at Acadia National Park:

  • Native American: Shell middens, camps, portage paths, ceremonial and/or sacred sites, plant gathering areas
  • 17th -19th century settlement: Farms, mills, quarries, estates, cemeteries, lighthouses, shipwrecks
  • Park development era: Park Loop Road, carriage roads, hiking trails, campgrounds, Schoodic Peninsula.

Cultural resource management involves:

  • Research: Identifying, evaluating, documenting, registering, and establishing other basic information on resources.
  • Planning: Ensuring that information on resources is well integrated into management decisions and setting priorities.
  • Stewardship: Ensure that planning decisions are carried out and resources are preserved, protected, and interpreted to the public.

Recent park cultural resource projects:

  • Archeological Overview and Assessment
  • Native American Traditional Use Study
  • Reinterment and forensic study at Saint Croix Island cemetery
  • Hiking Trails Cultural Landscape Report
  • Schoodic Peninsula Historic District National Register Nomination
 
 

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.