Carriage Roads, Acadia National Park

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Hike or bike in pristine nature along Carriage Roads, closed to motorized vehicles. Funded by oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, who personally oversaw their construction between 1919 and 1931, the roads lead through thick native forests and cross stone bridges. You can combine hiking with canoeing in the summer period. Most roads are open for cross-country skiing or snowmobiles in the wintertime, but it's a good idea to check the website for any weather-related closures before you make your plans. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Carriage Roads by using our Acadia National Park travel itinerary planner.
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  • For three days beginning on 6/11/2017, I biked the Acadia National Park Carriage Roads. The Roads are very well maintained and smooth. The scenery was beautiful and the many vistas were breathtaking. ...  more »
  • We came to Bar Harbor with our own bikes. Rode it all day around Carriage road. We stoppeany times to take in the views. My bike fell down several times and somehow I messed up my brakes. These guys a...  more »
  • My favorite hiking in Acadia was on the Carriage Roads. You can walk as far or little as you like. The trail is shared with bikes and horses although we didn't see horses when we were there. The roads...  more »

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Where to stay in Acadia National Park

A few campgrounds sit inside the boundaries of Acadia National Park. Camping is available in the park throughout the year, but most campgrounds are only open during summer. There are plenty of campgrounds around Mt. Desert Island, on which Acadia sits, and more located on the mainland within easy driving distance of the bridge to the island. For creature comforts, a lively atmosphere, and easy access to the park, look for a hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast in bustling Bar Harbor, which also has restaurants and shops. Quieter Northeast Harbor, which actually sits on the southwest corner of Mt. Desert Island, has a few quaint inns and bed and breakfasts that offer a more rustic experience than staying in Bar Harbor. If you plan to visit Acadia in summer, book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
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