Acadia National Park: Carriage Roads

September 12, 2016.kirkleavy@gmail.com.1 Like.0 Comments

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.

Bar Harbor Maine Region

Bar Harbor Maine Region

 

 

 

Acadia National Park/Mt. Desert Island Region

Acadia National Park/Mt. Desert Island Region

 

 

 

 

Acadia National Park is most famous for its Carriage Roads, Cadillac Mountain and the many miles of hiking and biking trails.

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

Kirk expertly plotting our route

Witch Hole Pond Trail

Witch Hole Pond Trail

Vicki at With Hole Pond

Vicki at Witch Hole Pond

 

 

 

 

One of the many marshes along the route

One of the many marshes along the route

 

 

Kirk climbing the short hill towards Duck Brook Bridge

Kirk climbing the short hill towards Duck Brook Bridge

 

 

 

Beaver Lodge

Beaver Lodge

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