Wildwood Stables is located next to the picturesque Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park on the southeastern side of Mount Desert Island, Maine. They provide a variety of daily horse-drawn carriage rides & tours from end of May through mid-October of each year. Tours follow the famous and scenic carriage roads that were originally constructed by John D. Rockefeller between 1913 and 1940. A horse camp is provided for visitors who prefer to bring their own horses with them for riding during their visit to the island. Horseback riding is not provided by Wildwood Stables but stall rentals are available. You may reach them at the phone number given below.
Contact & Reservations: (877) 276-3622
How to Get There
There are essentially three different ways to get to Wildwood Stables. One is from Bar Harbor via the one-way section of the Park Loop Road. There is a turn-off on the right just before reaching the part of the road that changes to the one-way. If you miss this, there is a second entry point immediately after on the right as well. You may also get to this point from the Cadillac Mountain and Jordan Pond side of the road by heading south. Look for the entry point on the left. The third way is from Seal Harbor. Take the Stanley Road on the opposite side of the road from the public beach and head North. Turn left on the Park Loop Road and take an immediate right for Wildwood Stables. Refer to the Acadia map for location information. The stables are operated by a private business concessionaire on park land. Reservations are strongly advised and are usually accepted up to one week in advance.
Wildwood Stables GPS: 44.314663; -68.236661
Note: The following rates are for 2014 and given as Adult 13 & up (A), Child 6-12 (C1), Child 2-5 (C2).
Jordan Pond House - Tea & Popover Ride
1:15 pm - Two Hours (weekends only)
A: $20, C1: $10, C2: $7
Enjoy a famous Mount Desert Island tradition: an afternoon carriage ride to the Jordan Pond House for Tea and Popovers! A beautiful carriage road brings you to the Jordan Pond House where you are escorted to the reserved tea lawn seating while enjoying one of Acadia's most beautiful spots. Food & Beverage is optional and payable at the Jordan Pond House.
Day Mountain Sightseeing
9:00 am, 1:00 pm - One Hour Ride
A: $20, C1: $10, C2: $5
Carriage circles coastal Day Mountain and features dense forests, ocean overlooks and distant views of Schoodic Peninsula and the Cranberry Isles. The mountain was part of the Rockefeller Estate before it became part of the National Park. This tour provides nature lovers a look at the interesting geology, plants and wildlife of Acadia.
Mr. Rockefeller's Bridge Tour
10:00 am, 2:15 pm - Two Hours
A: $26, C1: $12, C2: $7
Carriage travels along the Triad Carriage Road on Pemetic Mountain providing spectacular views of the ocean and Seal Harbor. After viewing the historic Jordan Pond Gatelodge you will explore “Cobblestone,” the first bridge built as part of the carriage road system.
Day Mountain Summit
4:00 pm - Two Hours
A: $26, C1: $12, C2: $7
Once each day, carriages climb to the summit of Day Mountain for spectacular sunset views of Mount Desert Island's mountains, the seacoast, the Cranberry Isles, Schoodic Peninsula and the Isle au Haut. A pause at the summit allows for photographs and enjoyment of the beautiful panorama.
Private Carriage Charters
Featuring Elegant Small Carriages
1, 2, 3, & 4 Hour
Private carriage driven by Wildwood Stables' coachman for singles or small groups featuring woods, mountains, forests, bridges, lakes, water falls, and ocean. Basic rates are for 1-4 people. Extra for additional person ($).
1: $180 ($35); 2: $240 ($50)
3: $360 ($50); 4: $480 ($50)
Relax and Enjoy
This is a unique and fun way to learn about the Park’s Carriage Roads as well as see some of the interior sections of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. It is also nice to let someone else do the driving and be able to put your arm around your loved one. With a larger group of family or friends, you can talk together and be heard. The drivers are friendly and knowledgeable. Each horse drawn carriage tour is special in its own way, and will give you an opportunity to take some nice pictures. of the scenery. Make sure to call ahead to get reservation, especially during peak season.