ACADIA NAT’L PARK — After being closed to motor vehicles all winter, the Park Loop Road will reopen to all traffic this Saturday, April 15.
But the opening of one section might be delayed.
A small rockslide has littered the northbound lane and shoulder of the two-way Lower Mountain Road section of the Loop Road about a half-mile south of The Bubbles parking area. The rockslide was discovered April 7.
Acadia spokesman John Kelly said that while the park plans to open the entire Loop Road on Saturday, “The potential for another rockslide at this location may prevent the opening of the road between Cadillac Mountain Road and the north parking lot at Jordan Pond.”
He said park staff would try to dislodge loose rocks to help stabilize the slope above the road today (Thursday).
“We will then evaluate the safety of using the road and decide whether to open it as scheduled or keep this section closed until safety concerns are satisfactorily addressed,” Kelly said.
The Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Thompson Island picnic area and Echo Lake Beach are scheduled to open Saturday. The park plans to open other facilities including restrooms, campgrounds and picnic areas over the next several weeks in preparation for the summer season.
At least one lane of the Ocean Drive section of the road has been kept passable for motor vehicles all winter.
Carriage roads closed
All of the carriage roads in Acadia are temporarily closed to everyone – walkers, cyclists and horseback riders – until the roads dry out and become firm enough to prevent damage to the gravel surface.