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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  • August 14, 2017
    The 2 hour carriage ride to the top of Day Mountain was delightful. Our driver was very entertaining and we learned a lot about horses and the history of the Rockefeller Carriage Roads. Since no cars ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We rented bikes and explored the carriage trails and bridges by wheels. The paths are well maintained with signs indicating the correct direction.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is the reason why we go and come back in this park (6th trip in 10 years, despite 10 hour drive). We love go to the bike, but you can also walk. The network also lets you reach most of the trails: we don't have to leave his bike on the side of the track. The sides of the tracks often offer blueberries and huckleberries. However, the gradients are intense and the coating slowed down the bikes. Therefore, be fit to appreciate. Families with young children are struggling if kids have bikes to child and are not towed. Me I used a seat and then a semi-velo... even when my boy was a little too big. The view of the slopes in height, however, is spectacular.
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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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