A fee free day is coming up this weekend at Acadia National Park.

A special day in on the calendar at Acadia National Park next weekend. In honor of National Park Week, entrance fees will be waved Saturday, April 16. According to the NPS, "fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee."

2022 Fee-Free Days:

  • April 16: First day of National Park Week
  • August 4: Great American Outdoors Day
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Fee-free days do not cover amenities or use fees for activities like camping, boat launch use, transportation, or special tours.

If you plan on visiting, note that some areas within the park are off limits at this time. Currently, the Carriage Roads are closed for mud season. The closure protects the gravel surface of the road during the spring thaw. Park officials say walking, bicycling, and riding horses in such conditions can cause ruts and potholes that channel water and exacerbate erosion.

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The park's 45-mile network of carriage roads, along with the associated coping stones, gatehouses, stone-faced bridges, and other features, are the best and most extensive example of broken-stone roads in the United States.

Photo by Ray Harrington on Unsplash
Photo by Ray Harrington on Unsplash

Other closures in the park include the Jordan Cliffs Trail, Precipice Trail, and a portion of the Orange & Black Path is closed to public entry until further notice, as peregrine falcons begin nesting.

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