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Acadia National Park Investigates Recent String of Vandalism Incidents

a tree splashed with red paint surrounded by rocks and vegetation on a winter mountain summit

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News Release Date: February 27, 2023

Contact: Amanda Pollock, 207-288-8806

Bar Harbor, ME – The National Park Service (NPS) is investigating vandalism on the Spring, South Ridge Penobscot, Penobscot East and Deer Brook hiking trails in Acadia National Park. The NPS encourages anyone who may have information on these crimes to submit an anonymous tip or call 207-288-8791. 

The graffiti, primarily consisting of red blazes spray painted on trees, rocks, and cairns, creates confusion for visitors, who should follow the blue blazes maintained by the NPS to mark established hiking trails. In addition to the red paint damaging park resources, it encourages visitors who might not be familiar with these trails to embark on potentially dangerous routes. 

Trails staff are working diligently to restore the damaged park resources, as park law enforcement rangers continue to investigate the incidents. 

Last updated: February 27, 2023

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