• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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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.

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

Your Safety

Stay Back from the Edge

Guidelines

 

Emergency phone: 911

Be prepared. While hiking remember to bring:

  • Water; at least 20 oz (.6 L)
  • Map
  • Adequate clothing (rain jacket and warm layers)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight

General Guidelines:

  • Be careful while walking near cliff ledges.
  • Tell someone your plans.
  • Remain in one place if you become separated from your group.
  • Check for ticks. Wear long pants and use insect repellent.
  • Poison ivy is found through Acadia. Learn to identify and avoid it.
  • Drive safely and wear your seatbelt at all times.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • When in doubt, ask a ranger first!
 
climbing

Climbing Safety

 
  • Climbers assume responsibility for personal safety.
  • On some routes local climbers maintain fixed protection or rappel stations. As always, evaluate them before using.
  • At Otter Cliff, the park maintains fixed anchors on top that must be used instead of trees to belay several climbs. Evaluate these anchors as well, and notify the park immediately of safety concerns.
  • Climbers at Great Head and Otter Cliff should know tides and weather forecasts; climbing at these areas is more difficult and dangerous at high tide or in heavy seas.
  • Climb within your limits.
 
hiking

Trail Safety

 
  • Carry water; at least 20 oz (.6 L) and more on warm days
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for variable weather
  • Follow blue trail blazes and use a map
  • Do not modify or build new cairns. Changes to trail markers may endanger other hikers
  • Know the difficulty level of the trail and your physical abilities and limitations.
 
bicycle

Carriage Road Safety

 

You may encounter heavy machinery and trucks used for carriage road maintenance. Please be careful.

  • Bicyclists yield to all users. Everyone yields to horses, which can be startled by sudden movements.
  • Slow down! Speeding can be hazardous.
  • Be prepared to stop. Sudden stops are dangerous on loose gravel.
  • Stay to the right. Give a clear warning before passing on the left.
  • Move to the side when stopped.
  • Wear a helmet and carry water; at least 20 oz (.6 L) and more on warm days.
  • Leave no trace. Carry out what you carry in.
  • Snowmobiles may travel on the carriage road on the east side of Eagle Lake. Please use caution..

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.