We are camped about as far northeast as our travels will take us this year – only 100 miles from Nova Scotia! We are near the small town of Trenton, Maine. Just across the narrows from our campsite lies Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, the oldest American national park East of the Mississippi River.
Today, we explored one section of the more than 45 miles of roads created in part by land donated by John D. Rockefeller between 1919 and 1931. Rockefeller was opposed to the introduction of automobiles on the island and personally oversaw their design and construction.
The roads consist of a network of wide paths, laid out to take advantage of the area’s natural terrain, and to provide access to views of the area’s lakes, mountains, and bays. The paths are about 16 feet wide and surfaced with fine gravel and make for excellent biking and hiking.
We rode the 7.4 mile Witch Hole Pond trail located on Route 3 just north of Bar Harbor, the very same path the President and his family rode this summer!
It was a great starting point for our visit to Acadia National Park and a good pre-lunch workout.
Enjoy the links and photos.
Kirk expertly plotting our route
Witch Hole Pond Trail
Vicki at Witch Hole Pond
One of the many marshes along the route
Kirk climbing the short hill towards Duck Brook Bridge