Deep snow in Acadia National Park may delay the opening of several areas of the park this spring. PHOTO BY ROBERT LEVIN

Weather conditions impact park



ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Due to record-breaking snowfall this winter, Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele said that spring visitors should “come prepared to experience frozen or very wet conditions. … Bring your snowshoes, skis and coats.”

The opening of the Park Loop Road may be delayed, said Chief of Maintenance Keith Johnston.

“Because of the excessive ice and snow, the road may not be a safe place to ride bicycles before it opens, as in past years. If you’re out on the loop road before it opens, expect heavy equipment on the road and exercise caution.”

The Ocean Drive section of the loop road remains open all winter, as does the area around Jordan Pond.

The Hulls Cove Visitor Center will open on April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Even if the Park Loop Road isn’t fully passable, visitors can watch the orientation film, browse the bookstore and learn about other things they can do in the park, including safe hiking trails.

“Because of extensive sewage system repairs taking place at Blackwoods Campground, there won’t be water available until May 1,” added Johnston. “Campers, including RV campers, will be able to access part of the campground in April, but the bathrooms won’t be open, and there will be no dumping station provided. Portable toilets and a hand pump for water are located near the open sites.

“Self-registration is available at the kiosk, and there is no fee until the water is back on.”

The carriage roads are usually closed about the end of March and the first two weeks of April because of soft surface conditions. This year, however, those dates may be pushed back further into April depending on the freeze-thaw cycle.

For further updates, visit www.nps.gov/acad and check for alerts.

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