Mud Season Closure of Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park
BAR HARBOR – The carriage roads in the park are closed to all users beginning Thursday March 12 until the roads dry out and become firm enough to prevent damage to their gravel surface. The warmer weather and wet conditions have softened the carriage roads and made them susceptible to damage. Walking, bicycling, and riding horses on the carriage roads under the current conditions can cause ruts and potholes that will channel water and exacerbate erosion.
“We’re asking all visitors to help protect the historic carriage road system and prevent costly repairs by cooperating with this temporary closure,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider.
While these historic carriage roads are closed, the National Park Service encourages visitors to enjoy Acadia’s hiking trails and the Park Loop Road, which is closed to motor vehicles until April 15. When hiking be prepared for icy conditions and carry traction devices for your shoes. When walking or biking on the sections of the Park Loop Road that are closed to motor vehicles, please be aware of closed gates, and the possibility of snow, ice, debris, and an occasional official vehicle or equipment on the road.
Acadia’s 45 miles of carriage roads, along with the associated coping stones, gatehouses, stone-faced bridges, and other features, are the best and most extensive example of broken-stone roads in the United States and provide both sweeping vistas and close-up views of the landscape.
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