• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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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.

Village Connector Trails

Great Meadow Loop Village Connector Trail

Great Meadow Loop Village Connector Trail

Following a recommendation in the park General Management Plan, since 1997 we have been working with Friends of Acadia to reestablish old connections and develop new ones from local communities to the park for non-motorized recreation. The intent is to provide residents and visitors a chance to leave their cars behind, and in conjunction with the Island Explorer bus system, access the park more easily.

We completed an environmental assessment for six potential connector trails in 1999. Two of three trails that were approved through the EA process have now been built: the Great Meadow Loop in Bar Harbor and the Western Mountain Connector in Southwest Harbor. Several others were approved in the Hiking Trails Plan a few years later. For more information on village connectors visit the Friends of Acadia web site.

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.