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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.

  • 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.

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?

Bronze statue of a Passamaquoddy man

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is a National Park Service site located within three hours of Acadia. Saint Croix commemorates the first French attempt at a permanent settlement in N. America. Explore the mainland site with an interpretive trail featuring bronze statues and waysides. More...