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    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Carriage Roads Closed

    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center are open. Intermittent road closures may occur in icy conditions. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information. More »

Founders of Acadia

Many individuals played a role in preserving the landscape of Acadia in the early 1900s. Charles W. Eliot, president emeritus of Harvard University, proposed that the local Village Improvement Societies create an organization to set aside special lands. With Charles W. Eliot’s blessing, George B. Dorr pursued national park status, and in 1916, presented 5,000 acres to the American people in the form of a national monument. Also during this time the philanthropic efforts of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. lead to forty-five miles of carriage roads being built in Acadia between 1913 and 1940. View the images of Eliot, Dorr, Rockefeller, and others in this photo gallery of Acadia's founders.
 

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

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.