Current Conditions




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

NPS Photo


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

Wetland Restoration at Sieur de Monts

In late December 2018 through January 2019, 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.


Long Term

► The Bubble Pond Parking Lot is closed to private vehicles when the Island Explorer bus is in operation. 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: December 21, 2018

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