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.
Precipice and Beech Cliffs and Precipice Trail Are Opened
Contact: David Manski, 207-288-8720
Contact: Bruce Connery, 207-288-8726
The Precipice and Beech cliff areas and the Precipice Trail were opened on Tuesday July 28, 2009 at Acadia National Park, Superintendent Sheridan Steele announced today. The peregrine falcons that have occupied these nesting territories since March have successfully raised six fledglings. The trails were closed in late March to support ongoing recovery efforts for the peregrine falcon in Maine, which is listed as an Endangered Species under the Maine Endangered Species Act.
The fledglings have become less dependent on the cliff and their parents over the last few weeks. Research has shown that nesting falcons are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance originating immediately above the nesting area or directed at the nest site. Continued disturbances can lead to chick mortality or complete nest failure, which further slows the recovery of the species in Maine. The closures of the trails during the nesting season has proven to be successful with nearly 100 chicks fledging from all cliffs within Acadia National Park over the last 19 years, of which approximately 60 chicks have fledged from the Precipice. Biologists within Region 5 of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, of which Acadia National Park is located, who have been working on the recovery of the falcons in the Northeast, have been opening nesting areas on cliffs approximately five weeks after the last chick was documented to have fledged, or begin flying from the nest. This determination about opening closed areas is based on research that illustrated fledglings were less dependent on the adults or their natal cliff area at or just after five weeks of being able to fly. Although the falcons, both adults and juveniles, are expected to stay in the vicinity of the Precipice Cliff and are likely to be observed by hikers and climbers, hiking and climbing activity is not expected to create disturbances that will harm the adults or the juveniles. The connecting East Face Trail on the eastern face of Champlain Mountain will remain until the earthquake damaged trail is repaired and concerns about further slides have been addressed.
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?
Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...