Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Oct 28, 2015

The evolution of Acadia National Park -  a conversation with Superintendent Sheridan Steele, who is stepping down after 12 years.  We'll also be joined by the President of "Friends of Acadia"

Guests: Sheridan Steele, outgoing Superintendent of Acadia National Park.
  David MacDonald, President and CEO of 'Friends of Acadia.'

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) _ Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele is going to step down at the end of October

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A new report from the National Park Service shows that in 2014 the state's national parks attracted more than 2.5 million visitors who spent more than $221 million, supporting almost 3,800 jobs.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The cold weather may still be holding on, but there are signs that summer in Maine is right around the corner.

The National Park Service says that all vehicles are now welcome back on Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park.

The road usually opens April 15, but it was delayed because of the heavy snowfall this winter and cold weather this spring. The park says it hasn't decided when its unpaved roads will be open. They usually do on May 15.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - The National Park Service says Maine's only national park has a $57.6 million backlog of deferred maintenance.

The service released statistics about deferred maintenance about national parks around the country on Friday. Acadia National Park's deferred maintenance is part of $11.49 billion around the system. The Maine park's total includes about $10.2 million for trails and $19.2 million for paved roads and associated bridges.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Fees at Maine's only national park are going up this season.

After a six-year moratorium, the federal government is increasing the price of admission at some of its public lands and raising the fees charged for camping, boating, and other activities.

Effective May 1, Acadia National Park anticipates that the fee for a seven-day vehicle park pass will increase from $20 to $25; the annual park pass will increase from $40 to $50; and a seven-day individual pass will increase from $5 to $12. A spokeswoman says camping fees will go up but are not yet final.

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Acadia National Park has been crowned "America's Favorite Place" by ABC's "Good Morning America" program.  That's after the program put out a call to viewers to name their favorite place in the nation.  

The park, on Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor, attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. It includes Cadillac Mountain the first place in the nation to see the rising sun, and features 45 miles of scenic carriage roads and 125 miles of hiking trails.

Courtesy Friends of Acadia

Marissa Gray of Mount Desert Island stepped off an Acadia National Parks Island Explorer Bus to discover that she was the system's 5 millionth passenger.

Park representatives, along with officials with retailer L.L. Bean, the Maine Department of Transportation, the group Friends of Acadia, and Downeast Transportation presented Gray with a goodie bag and an L.L. Bean gift card, along with a membership to Friends of Acadia.