• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.


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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 »

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 man boards the Island Explorer bus.

Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...