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Acadia Nat'l Park

Average Rating:    (3.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

Primrose paths of gray gravel make this seem like a wilderness theme park. I had to come back to Bar Harbor and ride off a curb to get a bump. These are novice trails, but provide some great views on a decent day. The only thing remotely difficult is some of the climbs although they are smooth and graded. The ride was fun nevertheless, such as it was. If you rent a bike like I did, the bike shop closest to the center of town rents Raleighs for a higher price than the shop just down the street which rents Cannondales. They are owned by the same management. Go figure. I would rate these trails a 2.5, but will go with a 3 since the views are worth the trip.
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Latitude
44.34742225636393
Longitude
-68.2525634765625
Trail Directions
You can get maps from the Park Service or from one of the bike shops in Bar Harbor
Trail Length
20?? miles network
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Bar Harbor
   


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Review Date
February 18, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: thekindrider ,  Racer

Summary:
ACADIA CARRIAGE TRAILS

The carriage trails are basically dirt roads created by John D. Rockefeller Jr at the time when automobiles were becoming popular. I believe the idea was to get away from autos and be in the wilderness. That being said these 'trails' are 16' wide non-technical crushed rock roads to beautiful locations all over Mount Desert Island through Acadia National Park. 45 miles of amazing bridges, ocean views, and cool fresh forest air.

If you looking for a challenge this isn't for you.

If your looking for a place to take the family and be out doors I would highly recommend riding Acadia.

Recommended Route:
Generally people drive to bike. In this case I would recommend parking by Eagle Lake heading around Witch Hole Pond to warm up then go from there. Bar Harbor Bicycle shop has free maps of the carriage trail network and tons of advice. Some times weather effects trail conditions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you loved the carriage trails I believe similar riding is on Schoodic Point but I haven't personally been.

If you looking for real mountain biking I would get out of the National Park because they don't allow it. Ellsworth has some riding and again I would steer riders to the local bike shop in Bar Harbor.



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Review Date
February 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: IRA176 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Riding the carriage trails at Acadia National Park was pretty fun. The trails are fine gravel and are very smooth, which makes for an easy ride and good speed. Some of the hills are steep, but they offer the reward of a good view and a fast descent. I enjoyed the ride up near aunt betty pond.



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Review Date
July 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Bill , from Westchester, NY

Summary:
This is road biking at it's best! No Cars. The scenery is worth the smooth trails, but 2 days is enough. Then you go kayaking or hiking for more of a challenge. The bugs are usually not a problem due to the faster speeds the smooth trails allow, but the climb up from Aunt Betsy's pond on the around mountain trail had them biting like crazy. Thank goodness for the dragonflies. At first I just thought they were even bigger mosquitos as they dive bombed my body from all directions, then I realized that they were providing much needed air support for my run. You get tired quicky when every other pedal stroke is accompanied by a leg swat. In short, I should have applied 70% DEET before this uphill ride. As you climb higher, the air becomes drier and less bug filled. It is a worthy climb, if only there was an errant root or rock to make me feel at home. This trail has the best views of Somes Sound and the park as a whole (of the carriage trails). PS. The map with contour lines I purchased showed the trail staying mostly in between two 50 foot contour lines after about a 300 foot climb, this was clearly NOT accurate as the trail seems to climb continually until you are within about 100 feet of the summit (the summit of this "hill" was about 1370 feet). Personally I would not drive 9 hours for these trails alone, but I was in Beantown, and it was only 5 hours away and Acadia has always been a big curiosity. Go to hike and kayak, and take the bikes for a few 2 hour rides to wind down.
5 stars, for the dragonflies.

Recommended Route:
Day 1 Loop the lakes, Day 2 for a challenge take the Around Mountain trail going from Aunt Betsy'd Pond out to Jordan lake house and back. Dont forget insect repellant.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Only had two days, Maine MUST have some singletrack, AYE?



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Review Date
July 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Andy , from Winterport ME

Summary:
Acadia National Park is my favorite place in the world, but it isn't good for biking. The carriage trails are groomed and offer nothing technical. Many reviewers say it doesnt matter because the views are amazing and you ride here for the beauty. I both agree and disagree with that statement. I agree in the sense Acadia is stunning and you get tremendous views from anywhere on the carriage trails. But I disagree because the best views of Acadia are all from the hiking trails which are world class. The carriage trail system (which is the only place you are allowed to ride in Acadia) is very crowded with people and horses,(June- early October) and it does not take you to the best parts of the park.
My recomendation is go visit Acadia for the hiking not biking. Be sure to check out the western side of Mount Desert Island where there are no carriage trails and it is usually not as crowded as many tourists.

Recommended Route:
Acadia is better for hiking.



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Review Date
April 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Sean , from Clemson, SC

Summary:
There are 65+ miles of carriage roads. Pretty fun for the recreational rider. Fun rides by the lakes. Not at all technical. But there are some very decent hills like the 'Around the Mountain' trail. Too bad the National Park Service doesn't make it to the 21st Century and offer some mountain biking trails. They would be great.

Recommended Route:
Ride out of town down West St. and cross Rte. 3 going uphill. Take a right about mi. up. There's a little bike sign by the turn. Go down about another mi. to bridge. From here, explore at your leisure. You're at the Witch Hole Pond loop. Get a map from town if you're on vacation. There are good signs though at each intersection that give names of destinations, so if you have common sense you won't get lost.



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