October 31, 2017
Winter and spring visitor services hosted in collaboration with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Beginning on November 1, information and orientation to Acadia National Park will be available at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center during the winter and spring season. Visitors will be able to talk with park rangers about Acadia National Park and talk with chamber of commerce staff to learn about local businesses, services, and recreational opportunities. The Chamber of Commerce is willing to share its downtown space location with the National Park Service to provide visitor services in an easy to reach convenient location.
October 16, 2017
Acadia National Park’s 2018 annual pass contest
The National Park Service (NPS) is inviting photographers and other artists to submit digital images for use on Acadia National Park’s 2018 annual pass. The selected image will appear on thousands of annual passes purchased by visitors from all over the country. The winner will receive credit and an America the Beautiful interagency annual pass ($80 value), which can be used at over 2,000 federal recreation areas nationwide.
October 03, 2017
Park's foundation document available online
Acadia National Park’s Foundation Document is now available online. The Foundation Document serves as the underlying guidance for all management and planning decisions in Acadia. It describes the core mission of the park by identifying its purpose, significance, fundamental and important resources and values, interpretive themes, planning needs, special mandates, and administrative commitments. An interdisciplinary team of National Park Service staff from the park and Washington office completed the Foundation Document in September 2016.
September 20, 2017
Duck Brook Bridge Temporary Closure
The Duck Brook Bridge will be closed to all travel on Tuesday September 26, from 6-8 am. Access to the Witch Hole Pond area carriage roads will still be available from Hulls Cove Visitor Center and the Eagle Lake parking lots. The closure is from carriage road intersection #5 to Duck Brook Road, roughly 200 feet in length.
September 12, 2017
Star Party on Cadillac Mountain will highlight the 9th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival
The Star Party on Cadillac Mountain is a highlight of the 9th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival, which will take place in Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities on Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula from September 21 to 24. The Acadia Night Sky Festival is a community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast Maine’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science and the arts. The festival will feature 40 events, including workshops, lectures, films, boat cruises, arts and crafts, and, of course, stargazing. For a complete schedule and description of activities, please visit www.acadianightskyfestival.org.
August 15, 2017
NPS seeks proposals to lease the historic Blue Duck Ships Store
The National Park Service is seeking proposals from interested parties to lease the Blue Duck Ships Store building within Acadia National Park. The Blue Duck Ships Store, also known as the Hadlock Store, is located on Islesford, or Little Cranberry Island, in the Town of the Cranberry Isles, Maine. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
August 08, 2017
Acadia National Park offers visitors a second chance to get an entrance pass
BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service (NPS) will be enhancing efforts this season to ensure visitors to Acadia National Park possess an entrance pass. Park rangers will issue a fee compliance notice for vehicles parked in any location in Acadia National Park that do not display a valid entrance pass. The operator or registered owner of the vehicle can avoid the $130 fine by obtaining an entrance pass or showing proof of having had an entrance pass that was not displayed within 24 hours at any one of the following fee collection locations: Sand Beach Entrance Station, Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Thompson Island Information Center, Blackwoods Campground, Seawall Campground, Schoodic Woods Campground, and Village Green Information Center.
August 08, 2017
Acadia National Park joins campaign to decrease impaired driving and improve visitor safety on park roads
The National Park Service (NPS) is cooperating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of a national traffic safety campaign to reduce impaired driving on roads in Acadia National Park. Beginning on August 10 and continuing through the fall, park rangers will conduct safety checkpoints and enhance traffic enforcement efforts in the park to identify drivers impaired by alcohol, drugs, and marijuana. Park rangers will stop and make brief contact with all drivers passing through safety checkpoints while making every effort to minimize any inconvenience.
August 01, 2017
Peregrine falcon nesting areas reopen in Acadia National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) will reopen Precipice, Valley Cove, and Jordan cliffs and associated trails in Acadia National Park to public entry on Thursday, August 3. The NPS closed these areas on March 17 to protect the peregrine falcons from inadvertent disturbance or harassment during the nesting period.
July 25, 2017
Repair of collapsed retaining wall causes carriage road closure
Beginning Tuesday, August 1, the National Park Service will close a one-mile section of carriage road between the Jordan Pond Gatehouse and Wildwood Stables in Acadia National Park to repair a stone retaining wall that collapsed in fall 2015. The carriage road will be closed to all public access until September 29, 2017.
July 18, 2017
Comments on Preliminary Concepts for Transportation Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has released the Public Comment Summary Report on Preliminary Concepts for the Acadia National Park Transportation Plan. The NPS is preparing the transportation plan to determine ways to provide safe and efficient transportation for visitors while ensuring the protection of park resources and values. The NPS prepared the preliminary concepts with input collected from the public during the information gathering phase of the plan from May to September 2015. The preliminary concepts describe a range of possible transportation and visitor use management strategies that may be included in the long-term management framework for Acadia.
June 20, 2017
Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park to be resurfaced
The National Park Service will be resurfacing 13 miles of the 45-mile carriage road system in Acadia National Park beginning on Tuesday, June 20. Sections of the carriage roads in the vicinity of Jordan Pond, Wildwood Stables, and Bubble Pond will be closed on a rolling basis during weekdays from 7 am to 5 pm through September to complete the work. The carriage roads will be open at all other times including weekends and federal holidays. Visitors should be aware of equipment and materials that will be stored on the carriage roads, and watch for trucks traveling to and from the work sites along the open sections of carriage roads.
May 15, 2017
Acadia National Park Advisory Commission meeting postponed
The Acadia National Park Advisory Commission meeting scheduled for June 5 has been postponed.
May 02, 2017
Tourism to Acadia National Park in 2016 created $333 million in total economic benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that Acadia National Park’s 3.3 million visits in 2016 resulted in $274 million in total visitor spending in the local region. That spending supported about 4,200 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $333 million.
April 27, 2017
Acadia National Park is set to conduct prescribed fire burns
The National Park Service (NPS) is planning to conduct a number of prescribed fire burns in Acadia National Park through June 1 and again from September 1 to November 30, 2017, provided weather and fuel conditions meet the conditions established in the park’s prescribed fire plan. The purpose of the prescribed fire burns is to perpetuate native plant species and open space landscapes by preventing the successional invasion of grasslands by shrubs and trees. The prescribed fire burns will also reduce natural hazard fuels, which will help minimize fire risk to park and adjacent lands.