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Acadia National Park, Maine Impacted By Lack Of Snow Removal Due To Federal Government Shutdown.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the ‘National Park Service’ at: nps.gov.

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Acadia Ocean Drive in March 2018
when we visited in Winter during a storm.

The problem is the SNOW. They have kept the roads open BUT are not plowing.

I heard, this morning, that Ocean Drive is basically closed due to snow.

Not sure you are planning on visiting right now but I wanted to give you a heads up.

We went in early March 2018. I had fun. I walked the entire Ocean Drive twice — once in a gail.

Hopefully the SHUTDOWN will be over by March 2019!


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by Anura Guruge

The “Acadia National Park” Proposed Traffic Limitation Plan — The OFFICIAL YouTube Videos.

by Anura Guruge

These are ‘National Park Service‘ produced videos. I came across them thanks to Twitter. [As to why they split it into three, I do not know.]

Whether you had heard of the proposed ‘Acadia National Park‘ traffic limitation (in reality mitigation) plan or not, these videos are worth watching. They graphically illustrate the traffic problem that they are trying to deal with.

I can empathize though we typically manage to avoid the traffic.

As regulars here know, we try to make it to Acadia at least twice a year — and have already made one trip in 2018, i.e., in early March. We have visited 10-times since 2013.

We usually go in late June and early September — though we have also been there in July. The June and Sept. times we go are NOT peak-peak. Plus, I now know my way around, am familiar with the back routes and also know when the crowds will be.

I am also aware that Yosemite already has a similar reservation plan. I think that it is kind of inevitable. Maybe, as some had already feared a few years ago, the whole park may become BUS-ONLY (like the Western part of the Grand Canyon).

Not sure how they can partition the ‘Ocean Drive’ section of the ‘Loop Road‘ since it is a one-way.

I can’t say I am opposed to the need for some traffic regulation. But, I am hoping that it won’t impact me too greatly since I am willing to travel off-peak.

Anywho …

You should watch these videos. Well worth it. Well produced.

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by Anura Guruge

Winter Comes To “Acadia National Park”, Maine — Road Closures Kick In For 2015.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.

by Anura Guruge

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Officially, per the National Park Service, it is now winter at the ‘Acadia National Park’ though they ruefully note “As of Tuesday, December 1st: We have yet to receive any snow in the majority of the park. There is some ice on the tops of mountains and trails”. To be fair to them this is probably atypical. Per tradition road closings, in particular the iconic ‘Park Loop Road’, kick in on December 1 (irrespective of actual road conditions) and stay in effect until April 14.

And that is the case now, and I received an ‘alert’ as such from my ‘Acadia’ APP on my Android Pad.

Two sections of the ‘Park Loop Road’ are however open. A short section, known as ‘Ocean Drive’ between Sand Beach Entrance Station and Otter Cliff Road and Jordan Pond with access from the ‘Stanley Brook Entrance‘ at Seal Harbor. The ‘Ocean Drive’ section will give you access to ‘Thunder Hole‘.

All the carriage roads are OPEN and Route 3 that cuts across the Park and then then traverses the western perimeter of the eastern section of the ‘Mount Desert’ part is open.

We have never been to Acadia in Winter. The latest we have been is September and the earliest, June. I would like to go and I know the kids will jump at it. They are Acadia addicts. I don’t think we can do it this month or in early January. Just too much going on. But I might try to get up there, for a quick weekend break, in late January or February. Of course I will share with you. I know that most of the Bar Harbor hotels, including our now preferred ‘Wonder View Inn‘, is closed for the Winter. But I am sure there are a few open and then there is always Ellsworth — Maine’s fastest growing city.