Fewer visitors are taking advantage of Maine’s natural treasures.
Statistics from the past decade show a decline in visits to
Acadia National Park, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and Baxter
Maine is not alone. Across the country, visits to national parks
have been dropping since the late 1990s.
Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele worries that with fewer
people interested in the outdoors, support for national parks is
likely to diminish.
Experts attribute the trend to shifts in recreational
preferences and the growing role of electronic entertainment.
Some also cite demographic factors, as aging baby boomers once eager to
spend a week in the woods now look for experiences that offer more
in the way of creature comforts.