• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • 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.

  • Construction updates

    Construction is continuing throughout the park. More information can be found on our Temporary Closures page. More »

Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, Pack it out

  • Pick up trash wherever you go, even when it’s not yours.
  • Watch your micro trash (e.g., twist ties, food crumbs, fruit stickers, etc.).
  • Reduce waste before you go. Remove excess packaging, stickers, etc., even for a day hike.

Human Waste

  • Use facilities when available.
  • When you feel that first sign in your gut, start thinking about where you will go. Practice planned peristalsis.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6-8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. A trowel makes this job easier.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. A double plastic bread bag system works fine.
  • Urinate on durable rock, gravel, or forest litter, not plants. Urine burns foliage, and wildlife will dig for salts. Get 200 feet from water, camp, or trails to spread impacts.
  • Step on durable surfaces en route to your business.
 

Can you dig it?

Did You Know?

CCC members take a break from their work to admire the view along the ocean.

The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.