Charlotte, North Carolina
July 5, 2000
Option 1 (which I avoided over protests from my girlfriend), take a nice leisurely bike around the park and stop at the various sites. The park is beautiful and the views are breathtaking in parts, but you can always drive the park for sightseeing purposes.
Option 2 (my preference), start your stopwatch and see how fast you can get around the loop. You see the scenery and you get a great workout.
As for the ride, you are on a nice paved road the whole way. The total loop is 20 miles and you will run into inclines (some steep and sustained) throughout. You will also get some great downhill stretches as well. If you need a pit stop for rest or water, the Jordan Pond House is near the half-way point. I have done the loop in as fast as 1 1/2 hours and as long as 2 hours. It takes much longer for a leisurely trip.
One bonus of biking, you avoid the $10 fee for cars when you enter the park.
From journal Bar Harbor: Sportsman's (and woman's) Paradise