ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — The gates to the Park Loop Road here will be thrown open to motor vehicles on Friday, officially kicking off the summer season of the park’s centennial year.
The Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Thompson Island Picnic Area and Echo Lake Beach also will open on Friday. The Hulls Cove Visitor Center will be open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Thompson Island Picnic Area will be closed to motor vehicles daily at dark.
All motor roads, including the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road, are subject to temporary closure due to inclement weather.
The carriage roads in Acadia are open to pedestrians and bicyclists, but remain closed to horse use until further notice to prevent damage to the gravel road surface, officials said.
“We’re looking forward to a busy and exciting centennial year at Acadia and hope visitors have a safe and memorable experience enjoying their national park,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider.
The NPS will continue to open other park facilities, including restrooms, campgrounds and picnic areas, throughout May in preparation for the summer season.
All park visitors are required to have an entrance pass. In honor of the Park Service’s Centennial, admission to all national parks is free during the week of April 16 through 24. Acadia traditionally opens the entrance fee collection station at Sand Beach in early May.
For updates on the opening of facilities at Acadia National Park, call 288-3338 or visit www.nps.gov/acad/. The park also has a Facebook page, Acadia/nps.