Acadia National Park

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Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says legislation he helped craft called the Great American Outdoors Act, will address the billions of dollars in needed repairs and maintenance at the nation’s national parks.

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Parks and beaches throughout the state have become even more popular than usual for people looking to get out of the house and combat the isolation of social distancing.

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A historical museum that is part of Maine's popular Acadia National Park will be closed to the public this season as it undergoes rehabilitation work. 

The Islesford Historical Museum has been in the midst of rehab since November 2019. The National Park Service said the work will "allow for the protection and longevity of a historic building and for the safe exhibition of historical objects."

The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and opened in the summer of 1928. The rehab work will include replacement of the original slate roof.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is developing a reservation system for some of the park's most popular landmarks.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A National Park Service effort to improve dozens of miles of historic carriage roads in Acadia National Park is scheduled to reach completion next year.

The town of Bar Harbor netted more than three times the revenue it had expected from a new seasonal parking program.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - It's a sure sign of the changing season in Maine: Acadia National Park's main visitor center is preparing to close for the season.

Beginning Saturday some electric bicycles or e-bikes will be allowed on Acadia National Park's carriage roads where motorized vehicles have been prohibited.

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BAR HARBOR, Maine - Acadia National Park officials say they have some leeway in regulating so-called e-bikes following an Interior Department directive to treat them the same as regular bicycles.

Autumn Foliage in Acadia National Park
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Thur., Oct. 24 at 10:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 26 at 11:30 am

Jeff Dobbs brings us another beautiful scenic birds eye view of Acadia, in time for the Fall Foliage.

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Acadia National Park is saddled with hundreds of deferred maintenance projects that officials say will cost an estimated $65.8 million the park doesn't have.

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For many, the great American road trip would not be complete without camping and hiking in some of the most beautiful spots on earth. According to the Department of the Interior, more than 330 million people will visit a national park this year — and a lot of them will be driving.

But as visitors rush to get away from it all, they're bringing with them some problems from the big city. And at Maine’s own Acadia National Park, gridlock is becoming a regular problem.

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Acadia National Park is seeing some record breaking attendance numbers this summer. With that comes significant congestion at the park.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Maine's only national park is working on options to accommodate a surge in visitors that has made parking difficult.

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Acadia National Park says it set a visitation record July 5 with more than 35,000 visits, and officials say park staff were swamped that day and the following weekend with calls for assistance and efforts to close roads and parking lots due to congestion.

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