Moonrise over Schoodic Point from the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Visitation is up slightly so far this year over 2016 levels, largely due to a 12.3 percent increase in visitation the the Schoodic section of the park. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Acadia visits nudging up



ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park had an estimated 824,368 visitors through the first six months of this year, an increase of .7 percent over the same period last year.

The Mount Desert Island section of the park saw a 1.5 percent drop in visitation despite a 2.2 percent increase in the month of June, when 409,666 visitors were counted.

The Schoodic Peninsula section of the park had 74,127 visitors between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year, a 12.3 percent increase over the first six months of 2016.

The section of Acadia on Isle au Haut counted 1,069 visitors during the first half of this year, a drop of 12.2 percent from last year.

Acadia as a whole set a new visitation record in 2016 with 3.3 million visitors, up from 2.8 million the year before. That was attributed in part to last year’s observance of the centennial of both Acadia and the National Park Service.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com

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