Carriage Roads through Acadia National Park
Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads that wind around the mountains and down through the valleys of Acadia National Park were a gift of John d. Rockefeller, Jr. and his family. The carriage roads are broken stone roads about sixteen feet wide similar to the roads used at the turn of the century. They were constructed to withstand Maine's wet weather. Breast and retaining walls were built to preserve the line of hillside and thus saving a great number of trees. The roads were graded to be not too steep or too sharply curved to suit horse drawn carriages. The roadsides were landscaped with native vegetation among them blueberries and sweet fern.
COPING STONES: Large blocks of granite line the roads serving as guardrails
SIGNPOSTS: Cedar signposts are installed at intersections. Numbers are attached to the post matching maps and guidebooks
GATE LODGES: There are two gate lodges, one at Jordan Pond and the other near Northeast Harbor
BRIDGES: Sixteen stone faced bridges span streams, waterfalls, roads, and cliffsides. No cars are allowed on the carriage paths
45 miles of walking, biking and cross-country ski paths.
120 miles of hiking trails
Available year round