The ferns, flowers, shrubs and grasses of Cadillac Mountain have a tough enough time surviving the elements, but the biggest threat of all may be the pounding of constant foot traffic on Acadia National Park’s busiest and highest summit. Consulting botanist Jill E. Weber gives us a tour of the research plots atop the peak, explaining the multi-year project to bring back the greenery on Cadillac, after limited success in earlier years with physical barriers, ropes and signs.
Benefits for Acadia National Park visitors this summer season: Hulls Cove Visitor Center reopens after $1.2M remodel; new colorful carriage road map names carriage road bridges and loop options; Island Explorer kicks off its 21st year of service today with 21 new propane-powered buses; and Route 3 one-way detour in Bar Harbor ends. A round-up of news you can use as you make plans for your next visit.
Visitors to Acadia National Park this spring and summer are finding it can be hard to get there from here. Two major places for buying a park pass are currently closed, with the Hulls Cove Visitor Center not reopening until the end of June as a $1.2 million renovation is taking longer than planned, and the Cadillac Mountain Gift Shop still getting cleaned up from winter damage. Heading into the park, visitors will face a long detour during Route 3 construction and a new paid parking system in Bar Harbor. Here’s a survival guide for where to buy a park pass, how to navigate the construction and parking and otherwise successfully get there from here.
Acadia National Park is calling for some sweeping changes to relieve traffic congestion including approval of a timed reservation system at a fee of likely less than $10 for cars on Cadillac Mountain, the north lot of Jordan Pond and the Ocean Drive corridor. The plan also says that right lane parking on the Park […]
An agreement to end the partial federal government shutdown came just in time for visitors and year-round staff at Acadia National Park in Maine. While the park was kept open during the 35-day-long shutdown and the closure came at the slowest time of year for the park and had little economic effect on surrounding communities, almost […]
Get off to a good start with 2019 new year resolutions to get fit, do good and keep up with friends – join nearly 100 virtual racers and log miles from Acadia to Katahdin no matter where in the world you are. Earn a custom medal with a star for every 20-day streak of at least 1 mile a day, with a fifth big sequined star for 100 days in a row. Help raise funds for charity. And stop by and wave a virtual hello to Stephen King.
In a showdown promising to be more fabled than that of the tortoise and the hare, Team Lobster vs. Team Moose face off starting today, in a virtual Mount Desert Island and Millinocket marathon to help benefit Friends of Acadia, Millinocket Memorial Library and Our Katahdin. Join in on the fun by signing up now for the Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race, pick your team and set a personal mileage goal you feel you can meet between today and Oct. 14. Legendary coach Gary Allen will lead Team Lobster Virtual MDI, while epic Tricia Cyr of Moose Drop In of Millinocket will do the honors for Team Moose Virtual Millinocket. Read all about it here.
The Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race Medals are in! Whether you love hiking Acadia’s 26 peaks or Katahdin, or are in training for the Mount Desert Island Marathon & Half or Millinocket Marathon & Half – or just love seeing a Google Street View photo of one of those real-life places pop up as you enter your walking, hiking or running miles in the virtual race course for the day – you, too, can earn this special medal. Made by the same company that makes the Boston and MDI Marathon medals, it features a raised profile of the Bubbles and Katahdin.
Congratulations to Mount Desert Island Marathon for being named into the Maine Running Hall of Fame! Proud to co-sponsor the virtual edition of this iconic race (and that of its sister race, Millinocket Marathon & Half) with you! If you’re running the MDI Marathon on Oct. 14, or the Millinocket race on Dec. 8 – or just dreaming about doing it one day – why not join the Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race as part of your training – or your daydreaming? The Virtual Edition of the Sea to Summit Series entry page is live now. You can log your running, hiking or walking miles anywhere in the world. You can backdate your miles to July 20, and log them through the end of the day Dec. 8, after the running of the real-life Millinocket race.
Won’t you virtually join Jennifer Popper as she approaches the Down East Sunrise Trail in real life, to raise more than $15,000 in memory of her husband Michael, for the East Coast Greenway Alliance and FreeWalkers? We added the Ellsworth to Gouldsboro section of the Down East Sunrise Trail to the Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race in support of Jenn’s journey north. The Down East Sunrise Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway, and also the setting of Maine’s only all-night relay, Down East Sunrise Trail Relay, which had its fifth running last weekend. Everyone is a winner, even if you can’t complete the course from Acadia to Katahdin by Dec. 8. That’s because everyone who signs up will be helping to benefit charity, will earn the special Acadia to Katahdin Medallion, and will be entered into giveaways of Acadia, Millinocket and Stephen King-themed gifts. You can backdate your walking, hiking or running miles anywhere in the world, to July 20, and see your virtual race avatar move from Cadillac to Katahdin.