Tuesday, October 20, 2015

National Park Service Announces Seasonal and Roadside Maintenance Closures at Acadia National Park

Section of Park Loop Road to Close Early

In addition to the regular seasonal closures at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service (NPS) will close a section of Park Loop Road this fall to complete critical roadside maintenance. Park Loop Road will be closed to motor vehicles for the season starting on December 1, with the exception of the two-mile section from the Sand Beach entrance station to Otter Cliff Road (accessible via Schooner Head Road in Bar Harbor) and the Jordan Pond area (accessible via Jordan Pond Road in Seal Harbor).

Starting November 15, the four-mile section of Park Loop Road between Cadillac Summit Road and Jordan Pond will close to all public use to allow maintenance crews to trim overhead tree limbs and restore scenic vistas. During this temporary closure, visitors can access Cadillac Mountain via Park Loop Road from the Hulls Cove entrance off Route 3 and the Cadillac Mountain entrance off Route 233 in Bar Harbor. Visitors can access Jordan Pond via Park Loop Road from the Stanley Brook entrance off Route 3 in Seal Harbor.

From October 25 to November 6, maintenance crews will restore several scenic vistas along Park Loop Road near the Duck Brook bridge, and between Thunder Hole and the Otter Cove causeway. During this work, Park Loop Road will remain open, but there will be intermittent lane closures so visitors should expect delays.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of park visitors this fall as we complete important roadside maintenance and improve scenic views along the Park Loop Road,” said Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “We encourage visitors to explore and enjoy other locations in Acadia during the temporary maintenance closures.”

Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Sand Beach entrance station will close for the season on November 1. Starting in November, visitor information will be available daily, 8 am to 4:30 pm, at the park headquarters visitor center except Thanksgiving Day (November 26), Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year’s Day (January 1).  The park headquarters visitor center is located off Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road) in Bar Harbor.

On November 15, the NPS will close Seal Cove Road (including Western Mountain Road, Seal Cove Pond Road, and Heath Brook Road) in Tremont, Long Pond Fire Road in Mount Desert, Lurvey Spring Road in Southwest Harbor, and Schoodic Head Road in Winter Harbor.

The NPS may close all or portions of Park Loop Road at any time due to unsafe conditions caused by storms or high winds.

For more information about Acadia National Park and updates on closures, please visit www.nps.gov/acad or call 207-288-3338.


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