Acadia National Park and the surrounding Maine communities offer a truly spectacular setting for the bicycling
enthusiast or professional alike. The Park has approximately 45 miles of suitable road surfaces comprised of
the famous Carriage Roads (financed and directed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.,
between 1913 and 1940) and portions of paved motor vehicle roadways. Carriage Roads wind through the heart
of the park and have crushed rock surfaces. Some of the Carriage Roads are on private land and are posted as
closed to bicycles.
27 mile long Park Loop Road is the primary road connecting Park locations with the surrounding villages of
Mount Desert Island. A large section of this road, beginning near the Route 233 entrance point to Cadillac
Mountain in Bar Harbor, is one-way. This goes all the way along the east coast of Acadia National Park where
it connects the Precipice, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Gorham Mountain, Otter Cliff, etc., and ends on the southeastern
side next to Wildwood Stables. The remainder of the road system is two-way.
various points on Mount Desert Island, you may access the Carriage Road System where you may begin your exploration
of Acadia National Park from the inside. This unique system of roads with crushed rock surfaces, is the main
artery that has given the landscape a special vibrancy and connected feeling that is at the heart of the experience.
From Bar Harbor, to Northeast Harbor, from Hulls Cove to Wildwood Stables, there are access points. You may
also go along the regular roads where vehicle traffic is present, but be sure to take advatage of the Carriage
originally planned when the Carriage Road system was first constructed, roadways are shared by cyclists, horses,
and pedestrians. Caution is advised and one should be familiar with courtesy rules of the road. Biking is not
permitted on the park's hiking trails.
One of the most challenging, and one that is only recommended for the strong, healthy, and most experienced
cyclist, is the Summit Road to the top of Cadillac
Mountain. I am always amazed and impressed to see the dedicated cyclists on their way to the top. The utmost
caution should be used as this is a winding roadway shared by many motor vehicles. I would strongly suggest
checking with the National Park Service on the advisability of this trek
before undertaking it.
Biking supplies, when needed, may be found locally. For local businesses, please refer to the “Activities” link
at the top of this page.
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