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“Great jogging spot”
Review of Carriage Roads

Carriage Roads
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

A fantastic way to explore the park. Great for biking, jogging, or family walks.

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Reviewed March 16, 2012

The carriage roads are great. They are the easiest access into many parts of Acadia National Park.

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Reviewed January 14, 2012

One of our best decisions when spending a week in Maine was to sign up for a 2-hour horse-drawn carriage ride through Acadia National Park's Mt. Desert Island. No motor vehicles are permitted on these beautiful, old roads (built in the early 1900s), so the trip is relaxing and a lot of fun for those who prefer not to hike or bike. Our horses were Don and Chip, owned by our driver. We saw two gorgeous Clydesdales pulling one of the carriages, and there were other beautiful, healthy looking horses in the barn. Our driver was knowledgable and funny, and the ride took us past three of the 17 incredible handmade granite bridges, including the Cobblestone Bridge, each one unique and in perfect condition, that were designed and financed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Seeing the bridges was worth the trip, but we also saw Jordan Pond Teahouse (one of the carriage ride tours includes having tea and popovers there) and gorgeous vistas everywhere. Kids might get antsy on this tour -- not enough action -- but adults of any age should enjoy the conversation with other riders and the driver as the horses take us along the lovely roads. I hope to go back some day and hike the trails so I can see and photograph ALL of the bridges.

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Reviewed December 22, 2011

I must preface this with telling you that I grew up on Mt Desert Island and the park loop roads were my playground. I am one of the lucky few children who grew up knowing that you don't pick flowers or collect stones in the park. Acadia National Park is the perfect place for naturalists and hiking/climbing enthusiasts. The 57 miles of groomed wide carriage paths wind through the park and show you the innermost quiet perfection of nature at it's best. They were originally built for the wealthy to drive their horse drawn carriage on and enjoy the park without polluting it. You can rent bicycles in Bar Harbor and pick the trails up less that a mile out of the town. It is a good idea to take a carriage road map and a tire repair kit. While they are all well marked you can end up lost in the forest and be in for a very long walk out carrying your bike. I have encountered people in this sad situation.
The paths not only take you past the ocean and many ponds but also past the Jordan pond house where you can rack your bike and enjoy hot popovers and tea on the lawn as it has been served for 100 years. After you tea break there is Jordan Pond itself at the foot of the lawns with a walking trail that goes completely around it. Then it is back on your bicycle to see if you can spot an eagle, deer or black bear as you wind your way back toward the coast or perhaps toward Cadillac Mountain. Rolling around a corner you will encounter one of the stone overpasses built in the 1940's. The number of wild flowers and assorted trees and bushes is endless. Next you will come to a spot where you can see forever. Only a few pink granite rocks to stop you from falling right over the edge. I could ride these paths all day and have many times, The smell deep in the forest will be with me in my mind forever.

5  Thank dorotxy
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

The carriage roads are an incredible way to see Acadia National Park. We hiked on them for hours!

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