Bicyclists enjoy the Acadia National Park Loop Road free of cars during Car Free Day in the spring. FILE PHOTO

Acadia roads go car free Saturday



ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Visitors can enjoy a car-free morning on the Park Loop Road here, including the road to the top of Cadillac Mountain, on Saturday, Sept. 26, from midnight to noon. Walking, bicycling, skateboarding and inline skating will be allowed.

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, all visitors will have free entry all day to the entire park.

Visitors will have the option of riding the Island Explorer or one of the park’s two authorized concessioner bus tours while sections of the Park Loop Road are closed. The fare-free Island Explorer will operate the Sand Beach and Jordan Pond routes on their normal fall schedule, and will increase service on the Loop Road route to every 15 minutes from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.

The sections of the Park Loop Road closed to private vehicles will include the Cadillac Summit road, the road between the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Jordan Pond, and the entire one-way section.

Roads that provide direct access from Route 3 to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Schooner Head Overlook, Sieur de Monts (including the Abbe Museum, Wild Gardens of Acadia, and Nature Center), and Jordan Pond will remain open, and visitors are encouraged to park in these locations.

All other park roads on Mount Desert Island, Schoodic District and Isle au Haut will remain open.
For the safety of visitors, roadside parking will be prohibited at the Cadillac Mountain entrance on Eagle Lake Road (Route 233), and bicyclists will be required to ride only in the direction permitted on the one-way section of the Park Loop Road.

“We are excited to offer a way for visitors to enjoy a carefree, car-free experience on the Park Loop Road on National Public Lands Day and look forward to working with the neighboring communities to make it a success,” said Superintendent Sheridan Steele.

The National Park Service (NPS) is promoting the car-free morning as a way for visitors to experience the Park Loop Road through non-motorized activities. The NPS will also evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of car-free mornings to help inform the development of a transportation plan for Acadia National Park.

The purpose of the transportation plan is to determine how best to provide safe and efficient transportation and a variety of high quality experiences to visitors within Acadia National Park while ensuring the protection of park resources and values.

The Jordan Pond House restaurant and gift shops at Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole will be open during their regular business hours. For more information on the restaurant and gift shops, please call 207-276-3316.

For reservations and information on ticket prices for the authorized concessioner bus tours, please call Acadia National Park Tours at 207-288-0300, or Oli’s Trolley at 207-288-9899.

For more information on Acadia National Park, call 207-288-3338 or visit www.nps.gov/acad.

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