May 23, 2018
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Bad weather leads to closures in Acadia National Park

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Inclement weather this week is having an effect on the seasonal access to Maine’s only national park, according to a park ranger.

Ranger Ed Pontbriand said Tuesday that rangers have closed the road to the summit of Cadillac Mountain because of the snowfall that morning. The Park Loop Road, however, remains open but could be closed Wednesday, depending on driving conditions, he said.

“We’ll see what the weather brings tomorrow,” Pontbriand said.

Typically, if conditions remain good, the park leaves its paved roads open until Dec. 1 each year but will close them earlier than that due to snow. Pontbriand said conditions on Cadillac Mountain and on the more sheltered Park Loop Road can vary.

“Just the elevation and the wind [on Cadillac] can make a difference [in road conditions],” he said.

Two portions of the Park Loop Road — between Schooner Head Road and Otter Cliffs Road and between Jordan Pond Road in Seal Harbor and Jordan Pond — are open to motor vehicles year-round.

Pontbriand said that the park plans to close Blackwoods Campground on Wednesday because of the predictions of heavy rain and high winds. The campground, located in the Mount Desert village of Otter Creek, is open only to permitted hike-in campers from late fall through early spring.

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