Park Loop Road opening
May 17, 2013: The entire Park Loop Road and all other paved roads in the park open today. All dirt roads in the park, including the Seal Cove Road, will open on June 3.
April 22, 2013: The Precipice, Orange and Black, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliffs Trails are closed until further notice because of nesting peregrine falcons. All other trails in the park are open, whether accessible from the park or from state roads.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center
May 17, 2013: The visitor center will open on May 19 and will be open 9-5 every day. All park passes are available there. There is an accessible entrance at the back of the building for those who have trouble climbing stairs.
Closures at Jordan and Beech Cliffs are Rescinded
Contact: Bruce Connery, 207-288-8726
The closure orders to protect nesting peregrine falcons on Jordan Cliffs and Beech Cliff within Acadia National Park are being rescinded and the trails will be opened on Thursday, July 24, 2008. The trails and cliff at the Precipice (i.e., Precipice Trail) and Valley Cove will remain closed to allow the recently fledged chicks at these cliffs to become stronger and prepared for their departure this fall. The East Face Trail remains closed because of unsafe trail and cliff conditions caused by the earthquakes during the late fall of 2006.
Based on many hours of observation by volunteers and other park staff over the last few weeks, the park biologist has determined that the nesting at Beech Cliff and post-fledging activities at Jordan Cliff by the falcons in these areas has failed for the 2008 nesting season. Biologists in Region 5 of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which includes Acadia National Park, who are working on the recovery of the falcons in the Northeast, follow standardized guidelines regarding the opening of nesting areas for protected, or closed area, cliffs. These guidelines also recommend that territorial adults be given adequate time for re-nesting attempts in the event that the first nesting attempt fails. These guidelines and the field observations were used in making the decision to rescind the closure orders and open the trails and cliffs at Beech and Jordan Cliffs. The biologist expects the adults will remain in the proximity of the nesting territories throughout the remainder of the summer and into the fall.
Additional information about the peregrine recovery program and cliff or trail closures is available at the park’s visitor center and headquarters.
Did You Know?
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.