ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – There is a lot to explore at Acadia National Park, even in the winter. While hiking is more popular when the weather is warm, hikers can still be seen even in the cold.
“It’s kind of a small contingency of brave souls who just really really want to get out and experience the beauty of winter in the park,” said Acadia National Park Public Affairs Specialist Christie Anastasia.
All the trails are open to hikers in the winter, spring, summer and fall.
“But just because they’re open doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the right trail for you to hike on,” Anastasia said.
If you decide to hike at Acadia National Park, Anastasia said you should think about what you’re up for to keep yourself safe.
“Hiking in Acadia really requires you to be prepared,” she said.
The trails could be snowy or covered in ice. When the sun is out it could start to melt making them wet. Anastasia said they don’t groom the trails and there isn’t always a park ranger monitoring them.
“In terms of being safe while hiking in Acadia National Park, I definitely recommend having a backpack with a variety of gear. I definitely recommend having a map and be conscious of what you’re capable of doing,” Anastasia said.
She suggested wearing warm clothes and proper shoes for rough conditions. Also, let someone know where you’re going and how long you expect to be there.
But if hiking isn’t for you yet you still want to enjoy the park …
“Our carriage roads are very popular for cross country skiing and skate skiing. Folks like to snowshoe the carriage roads and also the hiking trails,” Anastasia said.
“When it’s been cold enough and the ice is good ice skating can be really great,” she said.