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Carriage Roads free

Carriage Roads | Acadia National Park, ME
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  • Type: Recreation, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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The Carriage Roads are a 45-mile long network of paved paths lovingly designed and funded by John D. Rockefeller Jr. from 1913 to 1940. Over the course of the 27 year project, Rockefeller hand-designed the paths to highlight the best scenery the park had to offer, circling around Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake and the middle of Mount Desert Island.

After a weatherproofing and modernizing project in the 1990s, the Carriage Roads have been reopened to the public. The roads are great for those on bikes, horses and inline skates who want to explore some of Acadia's more rustic areas. And unlike most other trails in winter, every December the Carriage Roads are kept open to be repurposed as skiing and snowshoeing routes.

But there are hitches as one TripAdvisor user writes, "We were so glad that we rented a tag along which hooked on the back of my husband's bike, otherwise I don't think she would have had as much fun. I saw many kids pushing their bikes up the hilly portions and we were on a family friendly road."

You can enter the Carriage Roads at the Hulls Cove Visitors Center to the north of Mount Desert Island or by Park Headquarters by Eagle Lake. Keep in mind that bikes are prohibited on the privately owned Carriage Roads and all visitors should yield to horses as they're easy to spook.

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