Acadia closes carriage roads

Posted March 13, 2013, at 8:06 p.m.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Due to increasing temperatures and resulting snow runoff, park officials have decided to close Acadia’s carriage road system until further notice.

The park’s gravel carriage roads usually are closed each spring to make sure they are not damaged while they are soft, which could result in costly repairs. Walking, bicycling and horse riding are uses normally allowed on the carriage roads but banned during the road closure. Unauthorized motorized vehicles never are allowed on the carriage roads.

Acadia officials indicated Wednesday in a prepared statement that the closure is effective immediately and is expected to last at least two weeks.

Acadia officials said that if park visitors come across a road that is posted, they should respect the request to wait for drier conditions. People should also stay off unposted roads if they appear soft enough to sink in and leave tracks, park officials said.

“Help protect these historic roads, and wait until they dry out,” park officials said.

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