ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Blackwoods Campground, a year-round camping facility located in the park near Otter Cove, has reopened now that the worst of a severe fall storm has blown through the state.
The campground was closed Monday in anticipation of high winds generated by Hurricane Sandy, which blew ashore Monday morning over southern New Jersey and left damage in its wake from Maine to Florida.
Acadia rangers said Monday that it could take a day or two to reopen the campground if the storm blew over a lot of trees at the property. But despite high winds that gusted to speeds of more than 40 mph on Mount Desert Island, there was no tree damage at the campground.
“There was none that I am aware of,” Ranger Richard Rechholtz said Wednesday.
Rechholtz said that though the campground has reopened, park employees are not staffed specifically at the campground, which means campers have to sign themselves in and pay on their own at a kiosk on site.
Each Dec. 1 through March 31, Blackwoods Campground is only open to walk-in campers with tents as the gate to the campground is closed and locked, according to park officials. Camping is free in between these dates, but permits must be obtained ahead of time at park headquarters.
Other park facilities closing Wednesday, as they do at the end of every October, are the Visitor’s Center in Hulls Cove and the entrance station on Park Loop Road at the Schooner Head Road intersection. Park Loop Road will remain open until Dec. 1, unless a major snowstorm causes it to be closed before then, according to Acadia officials. The section of the road from the entrance station to Otter Cliffs Road remains open all winter.
During the winter, park information is available during business hours at Acadia’s headquarters on Route 233 near Eagle Lake.
Rechholtz said that other park facilities are expected to close in the coming weeks. Acadia’s dirt roads on the western side of MDI and the Thompson Island picnic area will be closed for the winter beginning Nov. 15, he said.
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