Rugged coastlines, stark granite peaks and historic carriage roads – year after year, people return to Acadia National Park to immerse themselves in the beauty of these unique surroundings. But for visitors of Bar Harbor, Maine, there are not enough easy ways to reach the Park without a car. Yet, excessive car traffic – especially during the busy summer months – can strain Park resources and potentially impact delicate ecosystems. What’s needed are improved ways for visitors and residents to access Acadia National Park on foot or with a bicycle. Nature Valley is helping to make this possible.
During 2011 and 2012, Nature Valley helped volunteers to construct two new connector trails, creating new pathways for pedestrians and reducing automobile congestion. The first connector is a three-quarter-mile trail named the Duck Brook Road Connector between Bar Harbor and Acadia. The other trail is a 1.8-mile path named the Trentor Community Connector between the Acadia Gateway Center and the park.