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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.

Annual Trail Closures

Peregrine chick at the Precipice after being banded by biologists.

Peregrine chick

NPS/Todd Edgar

These cliffs and surrounding areas are used by peregrine falcons, a state-listed endangered species, for nesting and rearing young fledglings. Peregrine falcons are very sensitive to disturbance near the nest site. To protect the peregrine chicks, the areas in the table below are closed when the peregrines are nesting. Check your hiking route to make sure that the trails you wish to use are open; remember to visit the Temporary Closures page as well.
 



Location of Closure Date of Closure

Precipice Wall:
The area encompassed by Park Loop Road, East Face Trail, Bear Brook Trail, and the southern boundary noted as the east/west line from 75 feet south of the Precipice Parking Lot on the Park Loop Road (at the Murphy Lane) west to the Bear Brook Trail is closed to public use.

The Precipice Trails and a portion of the Champlain / East Face Trail are included in this closure. Bear Brook Trail is open to visitor use year-round.

Map

March 15 - August 15
(may be opened earlier if falcons are not nesting on the cliff, as determined by the park wildlife biologist)

Valley Cove Wall:
The area encompassed by Valley Peak Trail, Flying Mountain Trail, and Valley Cove Fire Road is closed to public use.

The Flying Mountain Trail between the Valley Cove Fire Road and the Man of War Brook Fire Road is included in this closure. All other perimeter trails, including Valley Peak Trail, and roads in the vicinity are open year round to visitor use.

Map

March 15 - August 15
(may be opened earlier if falcons are not nesting on the cliff, as determined by the park wildlife biologist)

Jordan Cliffs:
The area encompassed by Penobscot Mountain Trail, Penobscot East Trail, the carriage road on the west side of Jordan Pond, and the carriage road from Intersection 14 to Penobscot Mountain Trail is closed to the public. A line east of the Penobscot East Trail and Jordan Cliffs trail intersection marks the northern boundary of the closure.

The Jordan Cliffs Trail is included in this closure. The perimeter trails and carriage roads are open to public use year round.

Map

March 15 - August 15
(may be opened earlier if falcons are not nesting on the cliff, as determined by the park wildlife biologist)

Beech Cliffs:
The area encompassed by Beech Cliffs Trail, the east side of the northern-most section of Beech Cliff Loop Trail, south of an unmarked line that runs due east from the north-most point of the Beech Cliff Loop Trail, and 50 feet west of the shore of Echo Lake to the terminus of the Beech Cliffs Trail near Echo Lake Beach is closed to public use.

The trails themselves are open year round to visitor use.

Map

March 15 - August 15
(may be opened earlier if falcons are not nesting on the cliff, as determined by the park wildlife biologist)


Did You Know?

Bronze statue of a Passamaquoddy man

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is a National Park Service site located within three hours of Acadia. Saint Croix commemorates the first French attempt at a permanent settlement in N. America. Explore the mainland site with an interpretive trail featuring bronze statues and waysides. More...