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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 is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.

Principle 2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

People hike on a trail in single file.

The loss of soil and vegetation occurs at very low levels of use. These hikers are preventing damage by walking in single file and staying on the trail.

NPS/Jonathan Gormley

On the Trail - Fight Trail Widening and Braiding

  • Look up for the next blaze or cairn.
  • Stay on established trails to preserve fragile plants and soil, especially on summits, ridges, and open ledges covered with fragile lichens.
  • Hike single file in the center of the tread, no matter how rocky, muddy, or wet. Don't widen the trail by sneaking around the edges.
  • If you must step off-trail or take a break, always choose the most durable surface—bedrock, gravel, and dry grass are the best choices.

Off-Trail in Pristine Areas

  • If you travel off-trail, maintain a higher level of awareness and a stronger ethic and commitment to LNT.
  • Spread your use and impact. Have each person take a different route. Keep your group small: six or fewer.
  • Use the most durable surface. Avoid fragile foliose lichens and reindeer moss, often found on bedrock.
  • Avoid steep slopes, wetlands, stream banks, and subalpine vegetation.
  • Do not add to or build cairns, or flag or otherwise mark your route.

Camping
Backcountry camping is prohibited in Acadia because of its small size, high visitation, and the fire danger for our neighbors, but LNT applies at Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds, too!

 

Make every step count.

Did You Know?

A man boards the Island Explorer bus.

Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...