Park Tourism Down 

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

State Park.

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.