Because of washouts like this one on Lurvey Spring Road in Acadia National Park, that road, along with Seal Cove Road and Western Mountain Road, will open later than usual this year. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANP

Unpaved park roads opening late



ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Some of the unpaved roads in the park will open to motor vehicles later than usual this year, and one of them, Lurvey Spring Road, might not open at all because of damage caused by harsh winter weather conditions.

That road, along with Seal Cove Road and Western Mountain Road, has “deep ruts, exposed culverts and downed wood creating unsafe conditions,” park officials said in a press release.

“Last winter’s repeated patterns of freezing rain, thawing and melting snow impacted Lurvey Spring Road the most. The resulting damage means Lurvey Spring Road may open much later or not at all.”

Gates at each end of the three roads are typically closed around Nov. 15 each year and reopen by May 15.

Western Mountain Road runs north of Seal Cove Road and provides access to the shore of Seal Cove Pond. Lurvey Spring Road, which is the least travelled of the three, connects Echo Lake Beach Road and Long Pond Road in Southwest Harbor.

All of Acadia’s unpaved roads are open to pedestrians and bicyclists.

“Bicyclists should exercise caution, as some ruts are very deep and traverse the entire width of the road,” the park’s press release said. “Some unpaved roads also have downed wood across all or part of the road.”

UPDATE: Seal Cove Road is now expected to open on time, on May 15.

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