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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.

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