May 17, 2013

Acadia's Park Loop Road opens to vehicles today

The Associated Press

BAR HARBOR — Maine's Acadia National Park is opening the entire Park Loop Road to vehicles.

The 27-mile road, the main road through the park, is opening Friday following a monthlong delay because of federal budget cuts.

Acadia officials announced in March that the Park Loop Road, the Hulls Cove Visitors Center and the Cadillac Mountain summit road would open a month later than their usual mid-April openings because of the series of automatic spending cuts known as "sequestration."

The Cadillac Mountain summit road opened last Saturday, and the visitor center is slated to open on Sunday.

The park's hiking trails are all open except for where peregrine falcons are exhibiting nesting behavior.

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