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by Dave Lapha
January 3, 2007
Whether your a walker, biker or carriage rider you'll have an opportunity to explore some or all forty plus miles of carriage roads in Acadia. Over a 27 year period, John D. Rockefeller, Jr built a system of carriage roads across his property. Graded and lined with broken stone these roads offered a haven from the "horseless carriage." To link all these roads Rockefeller built some awesome bridges of granite and cobblestones. Thanks to his foresight and the generous donation of land and these roads we can still enjoy the serenity of the Acadia National Park. From within this forest, enjoy the cool afternoon breeze as you look into the canopy of trees.
As you reach the crest of the hills look around, you might catch a view of the sea or a beautiful lake sparkling below you. Sit on one of the rock ledges and enjoy the scenery while taking a rest. Listen to the birds and small animals scurrying around. While on these roads remember to share it with the rest of us. Be polite and travel with caution. There are Park Rangers you can stop if you need anything. Or maybe you have a question. Feel free to ask them when you meet up with them. The rangers are responsible to keep parks safe and help visitors have a great experience.
From journal Hiking, Walking or Biking Acadia Carriage Roads
Loves Park, Illinois
May 30, 2006
All of the points of interest can be accessed via the 20 mile Park Loop Road. It’s important to note that the road is one way for majority of the trip. Cadillac Mountain can be reached by taking the 3.5-mile spur road via the Park Loop Road. The mountain offers 360º views, and a restroom and gift shop are at available at the summit. It is worth the early trip in order to see the sunrise over the Atlantic. Bring some coffee and granola bars then grab a seat on the rocks or benches. Next you’ll want to continue meandering along the road until you reach Jordan Pond. The restaurant here dates back to the 1800s and an experience you don’t want to miss is having tea on the lawn overlooking the pond.
After that, the road takes you to the perfect quaint village and Seal Harbor dot ted with fishing and sailing vessels. It’s the best spot to take that "postcard" picture we all imagine when we think of Maine. When you’re ready to move on, head to Thunder Hole. It may not seem like much at first, but when the waves start kicking in, you’ll see what the fuss is about. The waves have carved out a natural inlet in the rocks and when they come roaring in you’ll hear this thundering boom and you’ll probably get wet. Sometimes the splash reaches as high as 40 feet. Last on your list of must sees in the park is Sand Beach. You need thick skin to actually swim here since the ocean water rarely reaches above 55ºF. If you’re like me, the scenery will be enough. As you walk along, you’ll see shells that the tide has brought in as well as sea life such as crabs. The Great Head trail which starts at the cliff by the beach is worth the hike. The hike is moderate, but the views are some of the best you'll see.
From journal Acadia National Park in Maine
From journal The Beauty of Bar Harbor
Bay Shore, New York
February 15, 2006
From journal Acadia National Park
May 22, 2001