• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Temporary Road Closure

    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • 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.

Principle 5: Minimize Fire Impacts

Pile of cut wood next to fire ring

Using park-provided wood helps you Leave No Trace. Use a hatchet to chop it into smaller, usable pieces so that it burns completely.

Fire Regulations
Contained charcoal and wood fires are allowed only in campgrounds and designated picnic areas in park-provided receptacles or in private grills. Use of personal gas grills and stoves are permitted throughout the park, except within public buildings.

Dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the park, provided that wood is not collected from within the campgrounds, except from park-provided wood piles, and chainsaws are not used to gather wood.

General LNT Fire Guidelines

  • Is a fire needed? Use a stove to cook or a candle lantern for light.
  • Gather wood that is dead, down, distant, and dinky. Distant to spread the impact. Dinky so that it burns completely, and large, ugly, half-burned logs do not spill out of the fire ring. Use small diameter wood that you can break by hand.
  • Keep your fire small. Large fires singe and kill low tree branches.
  • Pack out non-combustible trash. Don’t try to burn it.
  • Extinguish fires completely before leaving campsites.
  • When backcountry camping at another park (it is not allowed in Acadia), use established fire rings when available.

Help Prevent Unplanned Fires

  • Dispose of cigarettes properly (not on the ground).
  • Observe fire bans when in place.
 

Fire only when ready.

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.