A carriage from Wildwood Stables near Seal Harbor carries folks along a carriage road through Acadia National Park. The carriage roads in the park are closed to all users until they dry out and can be used safely without damaging them. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Acadia carriage roads are closed

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The carriage roads in Acadia National Park are temporarily closed to all users until the roads dry out and become firm enough to prevent damage to their gravel surface.

Warming weather and wet conditions soften the roads and make them susceptible to the formation of potholes and ruts and to damage from erosion.

“As in past years, we’re asking park visitors to help protect the historic carriage road system and prevent costly repairs to the road surface by cooperating with the temporary closure,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider.

While the carriage roads are closed, the National Park Service encourages visitors to enjoy Acadia’s hiking trails and the Park Loop Road, which is closed to motor vehicles till April 15. When walking or biking on parts of the Park Loop Road closed to motor vehicles, visitors should be aware of closed gates and the possibility of snow, ice, debris and an occasional park vehicle or equipment in the road.

Visit www.nps.gov/acad or call 288-3338.

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