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Contact: John Kelly, 207-288-8703
The National Park Service (NPS) has closed Beech Cliff Trail in Acadia National Park to public access for maintenance during weekdays through October 20, 2016. The one-half mile Beech Cliff Trail connects the north end of the Echo Lake parking area to the Canada Cliffs Trail. The Canada Cliffs Trail will remain open, and visitors can access it from the trailhead at the south end of the Echo Lake parking area.
The NPS is replacing failing wooden structures on the Beech Cliff Trail to improve visitor safety and resource protection. The work is funded by a generous donation from Friends of Acadia through its Acadia Trails Forever endowment, which was established in 2000 to restore and maintain the park's historic 130-mile hiking trail system.
"We thank Friends of Acadia for its ongoing support for this work, and appreciate the cooperation of our neighbors and park visitors with the temporary closure to allow important maintenance to be completed," said Superintendent Kevin Schneider.
The Beech Cliff Trail will be open on weekends, and visitors using the trail should take caution when passing through the work area.
During the closure, people are prohibited from using any closed section of Beech Cliff Trail. People entering the closed area without authorization will be in violation of 36 Code of Federal Regulations § 1.5(f), and are subject to citation or arrest.