Current Conditions

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Portions of Ocean Path don't exist anymore after the Jan 10 winter storm. (NPS Photo)

Winter Storms January 2024

Two successive winter storms hit coastal areas at high tide with a storm surge not seen in northern New England since 1978. Numerous coastal areas saw significant erosion and loss of infrastructure including:

  • About 200 feet of the right lane of the Schoodic Loop Road was undermined. The road remains passable and open to visitors.

  • Some hiking trails have had significant impacts, including sections of Ocean Path.

  • The lower wooden stairway at Little Hunters Beach is washed out.

  • Otter Cove Causeway has damage to the riprap retaining wall with some undermining of the road. The park’s seasonal waterline is exposed and twisted for several hundred feet and could be damaged. The portion of Otter Cove Trail that traverses the causeway is destroyed.

  • Seawall Picnic Area experienced significant damage from debris and downed trees. Seawall Campground experienced significant damage from downed and hazard trees. Seawall Road (Route 102A) is closed at Seawall Pond due to pavement buckling. Maine DOT will repair the road damage.

  • Several locations in the park, including but not limited to Thompson Island Picnic Area, Park Loop Road, and Schoodic Loop Road, require debris clean up.

  • The foundation of the Blue Duck Ships Store next to the Islesford Historical Museum has been undermined.

  • Rockefeller Hall roof leak has caused portions of the interior to experience water damage to the ceiling and walls.

Acadia National Park staff continue to assess storm damage.

 
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NPS Photo of an interpretive wayside that was ripped from its welded metal base and wedged between trees by high winds during a January storm.

Volunteers Recruited for Clean Up of Winter Storm Debris

Acadia National Park and its partner Friends of Acadia are recuiting volunteers for two events to clean up debris following a series of unprecedented winter storms:

  • Wed May 1, 8:15 am to noon, on the Schoodic Peninsula. Meet at the entrance to Schoodic Institute campus for a shuttle to the work site. In areas where heavy equipment can't be used, volunteers will be moving cobbles and marine debris that is blocking drainage and threatening wetland habitat.

  • Fri May 3, 8:15 am to noon, at Seawall Picnic Area. Meet at picnic area. Volunteers will be moving sections of cut up downed trees to locations where they can be hauled away by machinery.

Advance registration is required at the Friends of Acadia website.
 

Facility Closures

Operating Hours & Seasons

Find a detailed list of park facility opening and closing dates for 2023
Roads and Parking Lots

Roads and Parking Lots

Schoodic Mountain Road and Ranger Cabin Road

Closed to all users (vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists) from the intersection of the Mountain Road to the Schoodic Head Trial Trailhead starting September 7th, 2023, until further notice.

Carriage Roads

No official closures at this time

 
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Trails

Wildlife Closure

Effective March 1, areas including Jordan Cliffs Trail, Precipice Trail, and Valley Cove Trail will be closed to protect peregrine falcons

In order to protect peregrine falcons that are actively engaged in courtship activities and establishing a nesting site from inadvertent disturbance or harassment, these locations are closed to all visitor and operational activities. Research has shown that nesting falcons are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance in the immediate area of the nesting site or that appears directed at the nest site. Continued disturbances can lead to chick mortality or complete nest failure, which further slows the recovery of the species in Maine.

Information about the closure will be posted at all appropriate parking areas and trail heads as well as along some trails.

If the nesting attempt is successful and chicks fledge from the cliff, the opening of the closed area is expected in late July or early in August, unless park biologists determine the nesting attempt has failed and recommends opening the trail and cliff earlier than these projected opening dates.

Additional information is available at park visitor contact stations or at park headquarters.

 
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Masks are optional in indoor spaces.

COVID-19 Precautions in Acadia

As the National Park Service monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making.

Masking requirements vary by park based on local conditions. To check the current level for Hancock County, Maine, please visit –

Masks are optional for indoor spaces at Acadia National Park.


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Learn more about the National Park Service response to COVID-19.

 
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