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Carriage Roads

Acadia National Park, ME
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Type: Biking Trails
Activities: Biking
Traveler Description: The 45 miles of carriage roads in Acadia are for hikers, bikers, horse riders and carriage drivers - no motor vehicles are allowed. The ten miles of... more »
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Wilton, Connecticut
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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The four of us( Children 11 and 13) did a loop around Jordan Pond and the bubble pond. Map said it was about 10 miles. Challenging but not killer uphills and fun downhills.

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Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I wish I could have covered every inch. While I am glad Rockefeller was not successful in getting the park closed to cars - as a runner, I was glad for these quiet roads for daily runs. Be careful, they are not always easy to follow, but the 4 mile run that turned out to be 8 miles was pleasant.... More

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Portland, Maine
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119 reviews 119 reviews
49 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We were going to take a carriage ride but we didn't call early enough and slots were full for the rest of the time we were going to be in the area on vacation. We decided to walk one of the roads and decided on an Eagle Lake route. We had joggers and bikers pass us, and saw canoes, kayaks... More

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LINY
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82 reviews 82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I found the carriage roads to be needlessly hilly. It seemed to me that the loop road traveled by gasoline powered autos were relatively flat while the carriage roads powered by humans or horse were hilly. It seems backwards. The views were great from both.

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Olympic National Park, Washington
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130 reviews 130 reviews
48 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Our trip would not have been as special if we had not rented bikes and rode the carriage paths. Rent bikes from Acadia Bikes (super efficient service and affordable, I called a made reservations that morning!). This is the only way you are going to see the interior of the park, especially if you are with kids. Walking the trails... More

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cypress, calif.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We had a group of eight that rode the Eagle Lake and Witch Pond loops. They were perfect for us (we were told these were relatively easy by our bike rental place), as we had people in their teens and fifties. It was slightly uphill and downhill all the way, which meant we had to work a little, then enjoy... More

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had ridden these gravel roads in our 20s and now again in our 60s. They are a fun and beautiful way to see the beauty of the park and avoid crowds. The roads are quite hilly, and people not used to riding or towing bike trailers should be aware of this. But our steep, panting rides were rewarded by... More

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

These are an absolute treasure and I could not be happier we learned of them before going to Acadia National Park. We brought our bicycles, park early at the Jordan House (there were only 5 other cars) and tackled the "moderate" rated Undermountain Loop. 3 miles of non stop uphill later we knew that whoever had rated this as moderate... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Take the time to see the Carriage Roads, especially the many stone bridges---beautiful, architecturally significant, often with steps leading down under the bridge. Worth your time!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The carriage roads are a good way to escape the busiest areas of the park without the physical difficulty of hiking on rocky paths. The trails make an easy hike, often with nice views, and a somewhat more challenging bike ride depending upon your fitness level. Just grab a map and start walking (or biking). The carriage roads are also... More

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