• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.


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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

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

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

Visitor Use and Recreation

The goals of the visitor use program at Acadia National Park are to:
  1. inform park managers and the public about visitor use and impacts;
  2. minimize visitor impacts to park resources and help ensure high quality visitor experiences.
In our scope of work we
  • coordinate university social science and visitor impact research to support park needs;
  • conduct small scale research projects to understand visitor use;
  • inventory and monitor visitor use numbers, activities, behaviors, and impacts;
  • mitigate visitor use through site management practices and Leave No Trace (LNT) visitor education.
The various projects listed below each offer a brief overview and links to some research and monitoring reports.

Cadillac Mountain

Carriage Roads

Friends of Acadia Ridgerunner and Recreation Intern

Hiking Trails

Isle au Haut

Leave No Trace

Mount Desert Island

Rock Climbing

Village Connector Trails

Visitor Survey Card

Visitor Services Project

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

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.