The first of two opportunities to visit Acadia National Park for free this month is coming up.

Each year, the National Parks Service offers fee-free days. 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." The first of two fee-free days is this week, on August 4.

Remaining Fee-Free Days of 2021:

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

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Crews at Acadia National Park are continuing to make progress repairing the historic carriage roads. Back in June, strong thunderstorms washed out numerous roads throughout Hancock and Washington counties. The storms also washed out many of the bike paths in the Park and on Schoodic Peninsula.

Since the storm, much of the bike paths of Schoodic Peninsula have reopened. On Mount Desert Island, the carriage road section between intersections 12 and 10 remains closed due to storm damage. The Eagle Lake Carriage Road will likely remain closed into September as crews work to complete a scheduled resurfacing project.

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The National Park Service urges visitors check for updates on the repairs online.

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