Carriage Roads

Carriage Roads, Acadia National Park: Hours, Address, Carriage Roads Reviews: 4.5/5

Carriage Roads
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Travel_All_that_you_can
10 contributions
Oct 2021
You have it all in Acadia - every level of roads/trails to take in the beauty and the smell of pines & ocean. Highly recommend the carriage roads (and find those bridges - they are awesome!)
Written November 11, 2021
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AJOhio
Cleveland, OH109 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a network of unpaved roads which are open to hikers, bikes, and horses. It's probably best enjoyed on bike but also a useful way to get between hiking trails on foot. The roads have an interesting history and there is a ranger lead bike tour you can choose if interested.
Written October 21, 2021
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Journey4two
165 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed bicycling through the carriage roads. The fall colors weren’t quite settled in yet, but it was still scenic and a fun way to explore the park. We did the main loop with our car as well, but biking it was nice, because you’re on isolated interior roads, where you don’t have to deal with the traffic or finding a parking spot. You can hike it as well, but that’ll take a long time to get to the points of interests. Now, here the most important thing: be sure to rent an electric bike, which will make the experience so much easier and enjoyable. Of course it can be done with a regular bike for a reasonably fit person, but there are many hills. They aren’t too steep, but some are fairly lengthy and there are many, and anyone who’s ridden a bike knows you feel every degree of incline. This was our first time riding e-bikes, and trust me when I say it was well worth it. We rode a total of 25 miles, so we were glad we were on e-bikes. As for the carriage roads, be sure to study the map and follow the signs properly, otherwise you can either get lost or loop around unnecessarily. There were many friendly locals, who were walking the trails, and they gave us helpful directions, so don’t be afraid to ask. Bottom line, we’d definitely recommend going on the carriage roads (bike or hike) and experiencing a different way to explore Acadia!
Written October 18, 2021
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Carrie M
Omaha131 contributions
Sep 2021
Took a ranger lead morning bike tour on part of the carriage road system in Acadia National Park. Learned the history of Acadia National Park and why the carriage roads were built. Not a strenuous bike ride, but you must be sure you are in good enough shape to partake in the tour. You have the option to keep the bike for the entire day (which we did not know until ahead of time) and return to the store that rents the bikes in Bar Harbor. Had we known this, we would have planned to accordingly.
Written October 15, 2021
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Jacqueline J
Lee's Summit, MO270 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Perfect afternoon in the great outdoors! We rented ebikes, and had the best time! We rode 30 easy miles, the trail is well maintained, not busy! I would definitely recommend.
Written October 5, 2021
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dotravels
Michigan482 contributions
Sep 2021
Fairly easy trail, though there is some change in elevation. The section we hiked had two bridges and one waterfall - though it was not much more than a trickle.
Written September 28, 2021
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NF2013_13
Orlando, FL595 contributions
Aug 2021
Living in FL my entire life, anywhere else pretty much has elevation. I'd been wanting to bike the carriage roads but after listening to a park ranger, decided to go with the least elevated road which led to Witch Hole Pond. My husband's bike wasn't working properly so I went by myself with my trusty map of the loop around Witch Hole Pond.
I started at the Hull Cove Visitor Center and immediately had to walk the bike up to get to the flat portion of the carriage road. That's ok. The roads were in immaculate condition and beautiful. I was so excited about seeing at least one of them and being on it. I stopped several times to take photos and lowered my gear when I needed to. I only stopped one other time to walk the bike but I could feel the elevation (I also am 67 yrs old but in pretty good shape.) Witch Hole Pond was very pretty and peaceful. I stopped there a while, sat by myself sipping my water and took in the view.
The exciting part was when I got to one of the carriage bridges. It was beautiful! You appreciate Rockefeller for the job he did and the money he spent in this area of the park. He built 16 bridges and many miles of interconnecting carriage roads. He spared no expense.
You can hike them or bike them. No cars which is awesome. So glad I did it!!
Written September 27, 2021
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Jason O
New Hampshire1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
5 stars for the trails and natural beauty and 1 star for the fellow travelers (some) you will encounter on the carriage roads. This is a magical place to experience and I highly recommend renting a Class 1 E-bikes for the trails. (YES, they are allowed on the trials). The lakes, views and forest were amazing to see.

Be prepared for lots and lots of self entitled, anxiety/panic disorder type personalities on the trials with you and they will let you know your very presence offends them at every opportunity. The horse people were the worst and they went out of their way to try and block your path with their horses riding side by side and trying to stop you from safely passing. This while at the same time their horses are dropping steaming hot excrement every 150’ and causing the trails to now stink like horse s&@! all afternoon. Luckily horses are forbidden on many of the trails! In spite of others on the trails, I highly recommend this experience on bikes.

We went on a Monday after Labor Day and it was still packed to the gills with people. Without the crowds it would have been that much better. I look forward to coming back during the off season to try again.
Written September 21, 2021
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Regina_Philange_J
boston168 contributions
Sep 2021
We biked the carriage roads. Many are closed, so check before you go. Ebikes are not permitted on carriage roads. We had a great day - very relaxing to ride through Acadia - wide gravel roads with just bikers, walkers, and horse-drawn-carriages. These roads are amazing! Some roads were hilly! You can bring the bikes in the explorer shuttle (ebikes can’t go on shuttle).
Written September 2, 2021
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Larry H
2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Most of the gravel roads (aka carriage roads) are surrounded by trees, from time to time there is a nice view, but the nice views can be accomplished via a hike or car ride.

In any case, it’s a boring bikeride, complete with long uphills and long downhills.
I was going to give it a 3, but I lowered it to a 2 because my wife almost got stampeded by a horse. The reckless equestrian was a guide on horseback who was in front of a horse drawn wagon. Later, I yielded to the horse wagon, as we were on a tight bridge. Do you think I would get a “thanks” or “excuse me”? No.
In sum, I would say the equestrian crowd here at Acadia seems rather entitled.
So…avoid the bike ride unless you want a vacation exercise workout where you occasionally see an inland lake and never a glimpse of ocean.
Written August 10, 2021
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