Acadia National Park

Courtesy National Park Service

BANGOR, Maine - Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King and 2nd District Rep. Bruce Poliquin met in Ellsworth Monday to announce they will introduce companion legislation in the Senate and House to revise boundary policies at Acadia National Park.

Recent disputes between Downeast wormers, clammers and seaweed harvesters with the National Park Service over inter-tidal boundary rights prompted the legislation.

Home video cover for The Gift of Acadia

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 5 at 11:00 am

This is a visually beautiful video describing the private philanthropy which created Acadia National Park, and the continuing generosity of those who have cared for it throughout its history.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - The National Park Service says it has reopened areas of Acadia National Park that had been closed for months to protect peregrine falcons from disturbance while they were nesting.

The service says it has reopened Precipice, Valley Cove and Jordan cliffs and the trails associated with them. Those areas had been closed since March 17.

A mile-long stretch of Valley Cove Trail between Flying Mountain Trail and Man O'War Brook Trail will be closed to all public entry starting on Friday.

BANGOR, Maine - Officials at Acadia National Park say attendance during the park's centennial celebrations in Bar Harbor is poised to break all records, with visitation up by about 20 percent over last year at this point in the season.

Visitors this month have at times arrived in such large numbers that traffic has been impeded along popular destinations such as the park's Ocean Drive. During the July 4th weekend, motor vehicle access to the Cadillac Mountain summit was closed briefly to alleviate congestion.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Acadia National Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The park began its life as the Sieur de Monts National Monument, created on July 8, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson. It became a national park in 1919 and assumed its current name 10 years later. Later, John D. Rockefeller Jr. directed the construction of the popular network of carriage roads.

Acadia was the nation’s first national park in the East, and it was the first park created entirely through private donations.

A still frame from Second Century Stewardship: The Science Beyond the Scenery

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Aug. 4 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Aug. 6 at 11:00 am

It is the dawn of the second century for Acadia National Park and the US National Park Service. At this historic centennial moment, we explore the science beyond they stunning scenery of Acadia National Park to better understand opportunities for wise stewardship of these national treasures to benefit future generations.

Acadia National Park

Jun 24, 2016

Acadia National Park celebrates its centennial this year. Maine Calling is live from the Schoodic Institute to talk about the park's centennial plans--and its history and future outlook.

Guests: Kevin Schneider, Acadia National Park Superintendent
 Mark Berry, President and CEO, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
 David MacDonald, President and CEO of Friends of Acadia

"Acadia Sights and Sounds" cover image Dobbs

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 16 at 10:00 pm
Sat., June 18 at 11:00 am

A treat for the senses — talented filmmaker Jeff Dobbs brings us breathtaking natural scenes of Acadia. Makes you long to be there.

Acadia Sights and Sounds is produced by Jeff Dobbs of Dobbs Productions.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Park rangers say a New Jersey man has fallen to his death while trying to photograph the sunset at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Rangers said Tuesday that 68-year-old Mark Simon of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, fell 40 feet from a bluff between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole.

They say his wife flagged down a ranger Monday evening when Simon failed to return after leaving her inside a car on the Park Loop Road to take a photograph. Searchers located him but were unable to reach him before he was carried away by a rising tide.

BAR HARBOR, Maine- Authorities are working to positively identify human remains located Saturday in Acadia National Park. Maine Search and Rescue dogs and members of MDI Search and Rescue located the remains near Parkman Mountain.

United States Postal Service

PORTLAND, Maine - An image of Acadia National Park's Bass Harbor Head Light atop rocky cliffs is the photograph being previewed today as the U.S. Postal Services rolls out the first of 16 "Forever" stamps being released over a 3-week period to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

Winter Festival to Kick Off Acadia Centennial Celebration

Feb 24, 2016
Courtesy: National Park Service

BANGOR, Maine - In observation of Acadia National Park's 100th birthday, officials are kicking off a year of celebration with a winter festival.

The Acadia Winter Festival features 45 activities spread across 10 days, with many activities in the Schoodic area. Sarah Brundage of the Schoodic Institute says it's an opportunity for visitors to see what the "other" side of the park has to offer. "You know, there's new hiking trails that many people have not had a chance yet to explore."

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Acadia National Park has become the first national park in the country to sell its entrance passes online.

Acadia spokesman John Kelly says the pilot program allows visitors to purchase annual and seven-day passes in advance at no additional cost. 

"Acadia national park is a little tricky in itself because there isn't any one single entrance that people can go to and get their pass," Kelly says. "So this allows visitors to have their pass no matter where they're going in Acadia, any time day or night."

BAR HARBOR, Maine - The number of visitors to Acadia National Park last year was the highest in 20 years. 

Management assistant John Kelly says the park had a total 2.81 million visits in 2015.  Kelly says it's a little hard to say why visits fluctuate,  but he says officials are promoting Acadia heavily in it centennial year. 

Acadia National Park soon marks two major milestones: celebrating its 100th anniversary next July, and bidding farewell to longtime Park Superintendent of Acadia, Sheridan Steele who is retiring as of Friday after 12 years on the job. Steele has overseen the park during a period of growth where 2.5 million visitors enter the park each year. Steele spoke with MPBN's Jennifer Rooks about some of the challenges Acadia faces as he concludes his tenure. One of the biggest concerns is the park's increasing popularity