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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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Mount Kisco, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The staff and driver were very nice; garnered some nice info tidbits. There's no awe-inspiring view to justify the ride. We spent most of the time chatting with other families with kids. Like other attractions, I'd prefer they build a tip into the pricing.

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Pensacola, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Carriage Roads are a must do/see when visiting Acadia. A great way to see the interior of the park without having to fight the traffic and crowds. I used them for both biking and hiking as they allow you access to many of the trails to various mountains. If biking, I would recommend using a mountain bike or a... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

On our recent trip to Acadia National Park we walked a lot on the carriage roads, around Eagle Lake and on sections near Jordan Pond. It was a good walking surface and not too steep. The bridges were an added bonus, if you like rustic-style stone bridges.

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Williston
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We only had half a day to go biking so we rented from Acadia Bike Rental on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor. They have a half day rate. There is an Island Express van with a bike trailer that runs every 15 minutes. It takes you to the carriage roads at Eagle lake. We did the Eagle Lake loop and... More

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Wilton, Connecticut
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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

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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