Abstract or Description
We assess the drive times and the number of potential tourists and Maine residents that could visit the proposed Katahdin Woods & Waters National Park in Northern Maine. We used ArcGIS to calculate the drive times from potential North and South park entrances to eight locations: Acadia National Park, LL Bean (Freeport), Kennebunk, Bangor Airport, Portland Jetport, Boston Airport, Montreal Airport, and Quebec Airport. We also analyzed the number of households in Maine within a one, two, and three hour drive time of the proposed park. We conclude that there are 153,000 households within a three hour drive time of the park, which is 27.6% of all households in Maine. Of that percentage, about 74% live between two and three hours away. Visitors traveling from Portland Jetport have a 4:24 drive time to the proposed park, while visitors to Acadia National Park have a 2:35 drive time. These results may have implications for whether or not people would take day or overnight trips.
Recommended CitationTwombly, Hannah E. and Rothschild, Harriet T. "Tourist and Maine Resident Drive Time to the Proposed Katahdin Woods & Waters National Park," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2015: No. 2, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2015/iss2/4