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Real-life, virtual journey on Down East Sunrise Trail raises funds for charity

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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.

Hike Acadia’s 26 peaks, earn gold medal, aid charity

Have you ever hiked the 26 peaks of Acadia? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about it? Now there’s a way to earn a gold medal for bagging the peaks, or even for virtually “climbing” them, by signing up for the Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race, which runs through Dec. 8, 2018. The virtual race helps raise funds for Acadia and Katahdin-area charities. We’re proud to co-sponsor the race with Mount Desert Island Marathon & Half and Millinocket Marathon & Half as the virtual edition of the Sea to Summit Series. Between now and Dec. 8, racers are virtually heading over the 26 peaks of Acadia, along the real-life MDI and Millinocket Marathon & Half routes, passing by the offices of the 3 charities benefiting from this virtual race, skirting by at least 6 sites associated with Stephen King, and finishing on Katahdin. Everyone’s a winner whether they complete the race route by Dec. 8 or not, because every participant gets a medal, helps charity and enters a giveaway of Acadia, Millinocket and Stephen King-themed gifts. You can log your hiking, running or walking miles anywhere in the world.

New virtual race links 26 Acadia peaks, Magic City, Stephen King

On your marks! A new Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race is open now to help raise funds for charity, connect fans of Acadia National Park hiking, Millinocket and Stephen King, and jumpstart training for real-life runners, hikers and fitness walkers. Earn a medal or two and be entered in giveaways of Acadia, Millinocket and Stephen King-themed gifts, while helping Friends of Acadia, Millinocket Memorial Library and Our Katahdin.

Peregrine falcon chicks total 8 at Acadia, Precipice Trail now open

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Three nests at Acadia National Park produced eight peregrine falcon chicks in 2018, making for a successful year for the state-endangered birds despite the unusual failure of a nest at the Precipice. But that nest failure means the Precipice Trail is now open, earlier than the usual late July, early August time frame, after chicks fledge.

Virtual runs from Acadia to Katahdin mark amazing journeys, raise funds

In memory of her husband Michael, who died in a kayak accident off the coast of Maine in 2016, Jennifer Popper journeys north from New Jersey to Maine, raising more than $15,000 for charity, and logging her miles on a virtual race route from Acadia National Park to Katahdin along the way. Read about her story, and the story of other virtual racers. Find out about a new virtual race starting later this month to help raise funds for Acadia, which just marked its 102nd birthday.

Valley Cove tops backlog of work on Acadia trails

Planning on hitting Acadia’s hiking trails this summer? Then you’ll want to find out which trails are being affected by the park’s more than $9 million in deferred trail maintenance. One trail has been closed for two years, and others are in line for gravel resurfacing or log bridge replacements.The needed work is part of Acadia’s nearly $60 million in overall deferred maintenance, and the national park system’s nearly $12 billion backlog, affecting everything from facilities to infrastructure.

Jordan Pond House tea lawn in Acadia closed to diners, dogs until July 15

After being worn down from years of use, the famed tea lawn at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park is undergoing a $356,000 rehabilitation, blocking people from sitting or walking on the lawn, and others from dining outside with their dog, until the middle of July. A contractor is replacing the sprawling lawn, […]

Acadia National Park traffic problems, need for plan, surface at Jordan Pond

Acadia National Park is planning one more public engagement session on its draft plan to relieve traffic congestion in the park, following some tense Acadia traffic near Jordan Pond on Sunday. The 215-page draft transportation plan, which was released on April 26, proposes to create seasonal vehicle reservation systems for an additional fee at Cadillac […]

Peregrine falcon chicks hatch at Valley Cove in Acadia; Precipice Trail damaged

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At least three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched at Valley Cove in Acadia National Park this year, but a nest was unsuccessful at the Precipice and a third site at Jordan Cliffs may also have failed, according to the park’s wildlife biologist. Based on a recent observation, Bruce Connery, wildlife biologist at Acadia, said in […]

110 years ago first gift for what would become Acadia National Park made by Eliza Homans

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Many people know that Acadia National Park celebrated its centennial in 2016, but few realize that it was 110 years ago this month that Eliza Homans of Boston provided a stunning donation of land that helped launch the creation of the park. In May 1908, Homans, then a longtime seasonal resident of Mount Desert Island, […]