Acadia Facilities Remain Closed
Carriage Roads are Still Closed
Acadia’s carriage roads remain closed to all users until further notice. Blowdowns, trenches and erosion caused by storms through the fall and winter have yet to be repaired. If people violate the closure order, it will take longer for the carriage roads to reopen. As crews return to work, they will need uninterrupted time to safely clear these hazards as efficiently as possible. Please watch for updates at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaAlerts
On March 26, officials closed Ocean Drive along with all restrooms and winter visitor centers, and suspended off-season visitor services. The Park Loop Road, which was closed as usual for the winter, and remains closed at this point.
The Hulls Cove Visitor Center is slated to reopen on June 1. Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds will remain closed until June 15.
The adjustments in operations were made in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and with guidance from the State of Maine CDC and other health authorities. Read the full Story.
April 26, 2020 – Friends of Acadia Communications Director Earl Brechlin discusses how coronavirus is impacting the friends organization. (Brechlin interview starts at minute 27:00)
Acadia visitor advisories
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Officials released visitor advisory information to minimize the spread of Coronavirus.
“The health and safety of Acadia’s visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority,” said park public affairs specialist Christie Anastasia.
* While outdoor recreation is allowed under Maine’s “Stay-safe-at-home,” order, officials advise to keep trips to outdoor areas to those no more than a 30-minute drive from home. Many neighborhoods are walkable or have trails nearby accessed by foot or bicycle.
* All park facilities, including motor roads, restrooms, visitor services, etc., are closed. Carriage roads are still closed. All lodging places in Maine are closed until at least April 30 and a small number of restaurants in nearby towns are open for limited hours for takeout only. There are no public restrooms open in gateway towns.
* Please be aware that Maine Governor Janet Mills has issued a stay-safe-at-home order that bans gatherings of more than 10 people and prohibits dine-in service at bars and restaurants.
* In the event of an injury or other emergency, park rangers and nearby medical service providers are limited. Rescue response may be delayed. Each incident increases risks for park staff and area first responders.
* There are currently no in-person visitor information services available. Both the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and the Rockefeller Welcome Center at Schoodic remain closed.
For the latest officials park information monitor the Acadia National Park Alerts webpage.
Friends of Acadia Information
Friends of Acadia prioritizes the health and safety of our members, volunteers, staff, and communities.
Friends of Acadia Annual Benefit still Happening but Re-envisioned
FOA Events Cancelled
We are sorry to announce that the 2020 Friends of Acadia Earth Day Roadside Cleanup on April 25th is canceled this year due to the ongoing stay-safe-at-home orders issued by Maine Governor Janet Mills to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, so too has the FOA Gear Sale and Swap, originally set for May 16, been cancelled.
We appreciate your support and hope that you’ll come out next year to clean up trash from the roadsides of MDI and Trenton or buy and sell great outdoor gear at Mount Desert Island High School. And there will be no formal observance of National Trails Day on June 6.
We wish everyone a safe springtime and a return to normalcy soon.
For the latest information and news, follow FOA on Facebook.
Other Important Links
- Cleaning Households- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html
- NPS Public Health Updates- https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm
- Area Hospitals: MDI Hospital andNorthern Light Maine Coast Hospital