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.
Some carriage road lots to close
Bar Harbor, ME - Superintendent Sheridan Steele announced that Acadia National Park has awarded a contract to Harold MacQuinn, Inc. for $227,850 to resurface about fourteen miles of carriage roads. The project will restore surface material lost to wind and water over the years since the roads were rehabilitated. Work will require temporary closures of some parking areas and road sections.
The first sections to be resurfaced will be portions of the Around Mountain Loop and Hadlock Brook Loop between Brown Mountain and Parkman Mountain parking lots. Sections will be closed in such a way as to always allow a detour route for those seeking to complete loop trips. Because of the presence of large construction equipment, the entire Parkman Mountain parking lot and a portion of the Brown Mountain parking lot will also be closed. Signs, maps, and park staff will be present to assist visitors.
People who want to use the carriage roads in the vicinity of Parkman and Brown Mountains are encouraged to use the fare free Island Explorer bus system. The Route 6 Brown Mountain bus provides daily service every 75 minutes between Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor with stops at the Mount Desert Island High School and Brown Mountain parking area. Parking is available at the high school front parking lot. Please check the Island Explorer bus schedule for departure times or contact Downeast Transportation at 288-4573 or www.exploreAcadia.com.
Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 8, and continue through the fall with work in the Aunt Betty Pond and Around Mountain to the Seven Sisters area. The park recommends that carriage road users in this area be alert for construction traffic and use other areas of the system during the construction period. There will be weekly updates of progress.
Please contact 288-8827 for information on the status of closures.
Did You Know?
Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.