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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.

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July 30, 2014
Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place
Acadia National Park has been named “America’s Favorite Place” by ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) based on a nationwide poll of viewers. GMA asked viewers to nominate their favorite place in America in an online poll earlier this month, and the five finalists were Acadia National Park, Chicago’s Lakefront, Glacier National Park, Gulf Shores, and Lake Tahoe.

July 18, 2014
Nature Journaling for Children and Families
On July 30, 2014, from 9 am to 12 pm, join Kimberly Ridley and Rebekah Raye, author and illustrator respectively of the award-winning picture book The Secret Pool, for a fun morning of nature journaling. Create your own unique memento of your family's visit to Acadia National Park.

July 08, 2014
Acadia National Park Requests Comments on the Draft Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the release of the Draft Visitor Use Management Plan (VUMP) for the Isle au Haut District in Acadia National Park and is now seeking public review and written comments. You may find the Draft VUMP and provide comments at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/Isle_au_Haut_VisitorUsePlan. Alternately, paper copies are now available at public libraries and town offices in Isle au Haut, Stonington, and Deer Isle or can be requested by calling the park planner, John Kelly, at 207-288-8703. Written comments may also be mailed to Sheridan Steele, Park Superintendent, PO Box 177, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609, and will be accepted until September 5, 2014.

May 29, 2014
Rum Island closed to protect loons
Loons will soon be establishing nesting territories and engaging in breeding behavior at several sites in Acadia National Park and on Mount Desert Island (MDI). A pair of adult loons is again expected to select Rum Island on Long Pond as their nesting site for this coming nesting season. To protect the nesting birds from inadvertent disturbance or harassment, the entire island and fifteen feet from the shore into the pond are closed to all visitor and operational activities.

May 28, 2014
Peregrine falcons nesting at Acadia National Park: Jordan Cliffs are closed
Adult peregrine falcons were recently observed defending Jordan Cliffs and are thought to be using the cliffs as their nesting territory. Their aggressive behavior toward visitors and staff on the trail or on the cliffs was justification for Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele to announce the closing of the cliffs and trail on Sunday, May 25.

May 21, 2014
Acadia National Park Advisory Commission Meeting June 2014
The Acadia National Park Advisory Commission will meet at park headquarters (20 McFarland Hill Drive) in Bar Harbor at 1–3 pm on Monday, June 2, 2014. The meeting is open to the public and will include an opportunity for public comment.

May 19, 2014
Acadia Quest: Uniquely Acadia Edition Offers a Fun Way to Explore the Park
The Quest is on! Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park invite kids and their families to explore Acadia together than through the fun and varied challenges of the Acadia Quest: Uniquely Acadia Edition. In the 2014 version of the Quest, teams will “collect” experiences on Acadia’s trails, carriage roads, water bodies, and unique destinations to complete the Quest.

May 12, 2014
Acadia National Park Centennial Logo Unveiled
In preparation for the celebration of Acadia National Park's centennial in 2016, Acadia National Park (ANP) and Friends of Acadia (FOA) today unveiled the official Acadia Centennial Logo at a meeting of the Acadia Centennial Partners at the Ellsworth City Hall. The logo, designed by Catherine Breer of Freeport, Maine, was the winner of the nationwide Centennial Logo Contest sponsored by the partner organizations.

May 05, 2014
Lower Hadlock Pond Land Transferred to Acadia National Park
Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), a statewide land conservation organization, and Friends of Acadia (FOA), a non-profit organization supporting Acadia National Park, today announced that they have transferred their 37-acre parcel at Lower Hadlock Pond to Acadia National Park. The parcel includes 1,600 feet of frontage on the pond and a network of trails that has been used for quiet recreation for more than 100 years.

April 26, 2014
Saving your trees: Emerald Ash Borer Workshop Offered
A tiny, shiny green beetle is wreaking havoc as it marches across America, attacking and killing every ash tree in its path. Emerald ash borer (EAB) beetles were introduced near Detroit, Michigan, in wooden packing materials, and since discovery in 2002 have spread over 2,000 miles—mostly by people carrying infested firewood.

April 19, 2014
Spring 2014 prescribed burn plans for Acadia National Park
In the next three weeks, Acadia National Park firefighters and rangers plan to conduct prescribed burns at Jordan Pond, Seawall Field, Ship Harbor Trailhead field, the Fire of ‘47 Overlook, Baker Island and the Oak Overlook by Duck Brook Bridge.

April 15, 2014
Changes to Acadia's Fee Program
Beginning May 1, Acadia National Park will open the Sand Beach Entrance Station and other fee collection stations and begin charging for park entrance fee for the 2014 summer season. There will be two significant changes this year to the entrance fee program. The weekly park entrance fee for vehicles will now cost $20 year-round; eliminating the shoulder season rate of $10. The park will also begin requiring that entrance passes are displayed in vehicles at all times while in the park.

March 17, 2014
Peregrine falcons reclaim nesting territories at Acadia National Park
Peregrine falcons are once again defending nesting territories on the Precipice and Valley Cove Cliffs in Acadia National Park. Park staff have observed adults at both sites engaging in courtship and pre-nesting behavior. Therefore, Precipice and Valley Cove cliffs and associated trails are closed.

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.