• Eagle Lake covered in snow nearing dusk


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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 6: Respect Wildlife

Woman feeding gulls with

Do not feed wildlife, even gulls. Gulls that are fed become aggressive and will steal lunch right from the next visitor's hand.

Do Not Feed Wildlife.
Store Food and Trash Securely in Campsites.

Wild animals fed by people often starve in winter, get hit by cars, or become dangerous pests. Feeding may alter migration, foraging behavior, and reproduction. Human food is not nutritious and not intended for digestive systems of wildlife.

Gulls, squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons are wildlife too.

People feeding wildlife may be injured or contract rabies.

Observe Wildlife from a Distance

  • Deer, bear, and moose can hurt you. The rabies shot series is no picnic either.
  • You may observe more interesting behaviors by keeping your distance (be patient).
  • Wildlife are especially sensitive to disturbance when breeding, nesting, and feeding, and also in winter. If wildlife alter their behavior, you are too close. For an eagle, this may be simply a turn of the head or a shrug of the shoulders.
Four down-covered peregrine chicks sit in their scrape (nest site).

Several trails are closed in the spring and early summer to protect nesting peregrine falcons.

Do Not Enter Wildlife Closure Areas
Rangers close certain areas and trails during breeding and nesting seasons for peregrine falcons, bald eagles, loons, goshawks, and seabirds. Closures help protect both young birds and hikers; aggressive goshawks have injured visitors.

More information trail closures and island closures is available.

Dog with numerous porcupine quills in face

Dogs and porcupines don't mix; keep your dog on a leash. (Don't worry: This dog lived, but it was a painful recovery.)

Leash Your Dog
Park regulations require that pets must be leashed (six feet or shorter) and attended or otherwise confined at all times.

  • Dogs may harass and kill wildlife, disturb other visitors, and dig into soil, which damages vegetation.
  • Dogs can be injured by wildlife (especially porcupines) or falls, or become infected with rabies.

Although dogs are permitted in most areas of the park, there are some exceptions, including swimming beaches during certain times of the year, public buildings, ladder trails, and other locations. (Service animals may accompany their owners throughout the park.) Detailed pet information is available.


Keep wildlife wild.

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.