Current Conditions



Trees and vegetation emerge from standing water
An example of forested wetlands in Acadia

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Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,, Wild Gardens closed starting June 12

Wetland Restoration at Sieur de Monts

In late October through November 2018, Friends of Acadia and Atlantic Resource Co, LLC are assisting Acadia National Park with restoration of the site of a former septic system to a natural forested wetland near the restrooms in the Sieur de Monts parking lot area. There may be intermittent reduced parking capacity and delays in traffic. Please be on the lookout for construction workers and construction equipment.

The restroom facilities had been connected to a mounded septic system from the 1980’s until 2015, when a sewer line connected to the Town of Bar Harbor wastewater treatment plant. Excess nutrients from the septic system were found to have contributed to the growth of algae in the Spring House and Spring Pool. The current project will improve the ecological integrity of the Great Meadow wetland complex and help to protect Sieur de Monts Spring.

Specific activities will include:

  • reducing the amount of disturbance tolerant species like Cattail
  • regrading the land to mimic the topography of the adjacent area
  • and planting native wetland species including Red Maple, Yellow Birch, Common Winterberry, Highbush Blueberry, Mountain Holly, among others.

Over the next several years, the park and Friends of Acadia will control for invasive exotic plant species, and monitor the establishment of native species.

Map of road reconstruction plans for 2018
Outbound traffic from Bar Harbor will be detoured through the park to Eagle Lake Road and Route 102, or to Paradise Hill Road (Park Loop Road).

Maine DOT graphic

Expect Construction Detours Through Park

Phase two of the reconstruction of Route 3 in Bar Harbor is scheduled to begin in mid-April 2018. During construction, Route 3 will be one-way inbound to Bar Harbor between the park’s Hulls Cove Entrance and Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road).Outbound traffic from Bar Harbor will be detoured via Route 233 or the Park Loop Road (between Route 233 and the Hulls Cove Entrance). All unauthorized commercial vehicles are required to use the Route 233 detour instead of the Park Loop Road.

Throughout the project, drivers will be informed and guided by flaggers, signs, and other traffic control devices. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained. Drivers should plan ahead and allow extra time for travel.

Find up-to-date information on the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) website.


Long Term

► The Bubble Pond Parking Lot is closed to private vehicles when the Island Explorer bus is in operation. The lot will be closed to private vehicles on the evening of June 21 and will reopen to private vehicles shortly after Monday Oct 8.

Visitors hiking the Cadillac West Face Trail can use the bus to return to where their vehicle is parked, or to meet other drivers that might be providing a shuttle back to another location. Learn more about Island Explorer Maps and Timetables

Valley Cove Trail has been closed since July 2016 due to severely damaged and deteriorated walls, stone steps, and tread support structures. Planning is underway for possible repair work in summer 2018. The trail is located between Flying Mountain and Man O' War Brook, on the east side St. Sauveur Mountain, along Somes Sound. (The Flying Mountain Trail is open.)

Winter at the Jordan Pond Gatehouse
Winter at the Jordan Pond Gatehouse.



Whether sunny, snowy, foggy, icy, or anything in between weather at Acadia can change quickly. Be prepared and check the weather before traveling. For forecasts and advisories visit our Weather page or the National Weather Service.


Last updated: October 5, 2018

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