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.
Visitor center and loop road to open on April 15
PARK LOOP ROAD AND HULLS COVE VISITOR CENTER TO OPEN
Bar Harbor, ME - Park Loop Road and Hulls Cove Visitor Center in Acadia National Park are scheduled to open on April 15. Road crews are out this week clearing the remaining ice and snow, so be cautious if riding bicycles on the road.
The visitor center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. In addition to informational services, the visitor center features an audiovisual orientation program every half-hour. This year a new program, Acadia Always, narrated by Jack Perkins, will be shown in the auditorium. Educational material, including books and maps, may be purchased at the Eastern National sales area. For those who cannot walk the 52 steps to the visitor center, there is an accessible entrance. When entering from Route 3, this entrance is reached by going straight at the four way stop instead of turning right into the visitor center parking lot.
At this time, all hiking trails are open with the exception of two where peregrine falcons are nesting. They are the Precipice trail, including the mountain section of the Orange & Black Path (formerly the East Face Trail), and the Valley Cove Trail, north of the Flying Mountain Trail. Caution is advised on the open trails, as there may still be ice and snow on some.
Sometime in April, the Lower Mountain Road (west side of Park Loop Road) will be closed from Bubble Pond to the Cadillac Summit Road while crews replace culverts. This section of the road will be closed to all traffic, including walkers and bicyclists, due to the presence of heavy equipment and road excavation. A definite date of closing will be made available as soon as possible.
For more information on specific road openings and closings, and conditions of trails and carriage roads, call 288-3338 and press “0”, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or go to the park website at www.nps.gov/acad.
Did You Know?
Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. During certain times of the year, it is the first place in the U.S. to see sunrise.