Acadia Carriage Roads Annual Closure
Contact: Wanda Moran, 207-288-8804
The carriage road system in Acadia National Park will be closed to all users until the roads thaw sufficiently to allow use without causing damage. The closure will begin on March 29, 2007, and is expected to be in effect at least two weeks.
Spring thawing causes the carriage roads to become soft. Walking or bicycling on them under these conditions can cause significant damage that is costly to repair. If you find a road posted, please respect the request to wait for drier conditions. If a road is not posted where you enter it, but seems so soft that you are sinking in and leaving tracks, don’t go on it. Help protect these historic roads, and wait until they dry out.
The Park Loop Road is scheduled to open to vehicles on April 15, so while the carriage roads are closed, take advantage of bicycling or walking the loop road without cars. Be alert to the ice still out there, though, and also to rocks that may have fallen onto the road over the winter. When bicycling, keep in mind that there are closed gates along the road. There may be some heavy snow removal equipment on the road, as well.
To check on current conditions, call Acadia National Park at 207-288-3338 and press “0.”
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.