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Carriage Roads

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Wonderful trails for hiking

These are great trails for hiking. We ended up on the carriage trail on a particularly busy weekend... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Syracuse, New York
What a gift was left to us all

The carriage road system's intent was to provide access to the inner beauty of Mount Desert Island... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Ocala, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rockefeller financed the building of these carriage roads in the early 1900's. You can picture the ladies and gentlemen of the day touring this lovely park in their best outfits. There are almost 60 miles of these roads that now, serve as great bking lanes.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are great trails for hiking. We ended up on the carriage trail on a particularly busy weekend at the park when we were unable to find parking at the more popular sites. These trails were much nicer than I expected. They are gravel and...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2018

The carriage road system's intent was to provide access to the inner beauty of Mount Desert Island. Designed with the natural contours of the land to minimize impact and to maximize views it's the perfect place to hike or bike ride and really enjoy the...More

1  Thank LPLoveToTravel
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We rode with a large group of two families (9 people) and our two dogs. Not too difficult for our youngest riders (10) and manageable for those in ur group who aren't so fit. Bathrooms are "real" bathrooms, not outhouses, but they were definitely not...More

1  Thank lydiaach
Reviewed 1 October 2018

There is an un-crowded area off State Route 3 on the west side of the park. Parking at the Parkman Mountain Parking Area, I found a 3 to 4 mile loop through the forest with moderate elevation gains This loop crosses three of the famous...More

1  Thank WILLIAM B
Reviewed 26 September 2018

There are 57 miles of Carriage Roads, 45 of which are in Acadia and open to the public. These are wide, gently sloped trails which link many of the park's most popular sites. The construction costs of the roads was donated by Rockefeller to provide...More

3  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 25 September 2018

The Carriage roads and bridges were one of Acadia's biggest attractions to us. They are historically unique. However, as senior citizens, we didn't feel up to biking. So we decided to walk to six bridges which was easier for us than biking. We started at...More

3  Thank RedClayRambler
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

In my opinion biking is the best way to experience the historic carriage roads. You can also walk or horse ride but no cars are allowed. We rented our bikes from Bar Harbor Cycle Shop for $50 two bikes open at 9am return by 5pm....More

3  Thank Debra C
Reviewed 20 September 2018

I cycled the Witch Hole and Eagle Lake roads. The Witch Hole route is definitely the easiest, but don't be fooled...there are some steady inclines that some may find difficult. If you don't ride bikes often, you may need to walk some of it. No...More

2  Thank Nichole4fsu
Reviewed 18 September 2018

So...... the Carriage Roads. Biking. We started at the north-end of Eagle Lake and then went up (south) around Jordan Pond. Pretty much the standard route as I understand it. We did have an unplanned detour though. The roads are not well marked at all....More

1  Thank dhornick
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Charles G
10 August 2018|
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Response from carmenandmike | Reviewed this property |
I have seen both types of bikes in these roads It is a gravel road so would depend on your comfort level
6 June 2018|
Response from SnowyOwl710 |
You can ride from the rental location, or put your bike on the island explorer (thank you LLBean), and get out at eagle lake or jordon pond.