Restoring Acadia’s Trails

“For decades, a small cult of hikers mapped and walked the lost trails of Acadia[, Maine], scouring the softwood for clearings, a cairn or granite steps covered in moss. Nature takes quickly, and many were completely lost. But grant money rebuilds even faster, and in 1998, a local organization called Friends of Acadia saved the trail system with the Acadia Trails Forever campaign, which raised $9 million in private donations to go with $4 million in park entry fees. This initiated the rehabilitation of the trails.”

George Dorr, a founder of Acadia National Park, taking in the view of Mount Desert Island. Credit- The National Park Service at Acadia National Park

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