Acadia Carriage Roads

3.71 out of 5
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Fire Road
↑ 3,300 ft
↓ 3,500 ft
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OK, I gave this an aerobic difficulty of 8 because I hadn't done any biking in the two or three weeks before attempting this, so maybe someone in a little more shape would find this to be a six or seven. Not very technical as these are all car-free carriage roads built by John Rockefeller, Jr, but depending on the trails you take, you may have to face some 700-1000+ ft climbs on gravel roads. The views, especially in the fall with the color changes, are SPECTACULAR once you reach the peaks of the climbs. Coming down is a LOT more fun, though be careful in the gravel - very easy to slide out of control. Trails are also used by hikers and equestrians, so please follow IMBA trail rules. Overall, I rate this network a 10. Great to ride, great views, great history, great photo ops. Great place for a rigid, or even for singlespeeders after some pain. Also, great chances for some hiking - bikes are not allowed on any of the hiking trails, and there is no single track riding available on the Island (Acadia National Park). Also, some of the carriage roads are private, and are marked as such - please respect the markings and do not trespass.

All of the trail intersections are very clearly marked, though I would highly suggest purchasing a local map/guide book of the trails, which offer information such as points of interest, trail length, difficulty, etc. These also enable you to find your way back to your car, and you can create your own 'loops'. Again, there is some serious climbing to be done.

Roadies can also climb Cadillac Mountain in the park - the road up is open from one hour before sunrise until midnight, and due to the tourist traffic on the narrow roads, park rangers suggest that you attempt this in the earlier hours. Cadillac Mountain is 1532 feet high, and is the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coastline. Please note that not all of the park roads are open to cyclists.
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  •   Night Riding
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  • Winter Fat Biking
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August 30, 2019
bmxking45 Gramcounter  
Review: Gravel carriage roads more suited to a cyclocross bike. Great ride for the family who are put off by the more technically challenging trails.


January 16, 2019
Review: These are just gravel roads and I would not consider this mountain biking. Still, the scenery is amazing and there are some tough climbs so you can get a good workout.


November 13, 2018
Ken Harris Doubletrack  
Review: Double Track / Gravel road trails that wind through the national park. Great to walk or ride, and there are a few single track parts. Good climbs with fast, winding down hills


March 16, 2016
sssirois Gnarly  
Review: No technical challenge whatsoever...however plenty of aerobic opportunities with 25 miles of trails winding through mountains & forest of mount desert island in the heart of Acadia national park

Similar Trail: Rail trails

Bunny Hop

June 26, 2015
Review: I loved riding here. The views are amazing. The climbs are challenging, though the "trails" are really gravel roads. Beautiful place. I would love to go back.


June 9, 2015
jaybird57 Doubletrack  
Review: Lovely and picturesque!

Bunny Hop

May 17, 2015
leorobpea Bunny Hop  
Review: Five stars for the scenery alone. Day Mountain is my personal favorite.

Similar Trail: any fire rd networks.


September 27, 2014
Magnus14 Gramcounter  
Review: Unbelievably pretty riding incredible views of mountains, lakes, and the ocean. Trails are smooth gravel roads and very well maintained, I think it would be most fun on a CX or ridged mountain bike. Go in spring or fall to avoid large crowds.

Granny Gear

June 9, 2013
GFreeman Granny Gear  
Review: Try to be in shape when you come to Acadia for the cycling! The carriage trails are fun to ride and some have some extended stretches of climbing. The gravel adds to the effort, so I recommend hybrid tires if you got 'em! The best guide to the trails I have seen (and own), is "Acadia's Biking Guide" by Tom St. Germain. His is the only topo guide I have seen. The two other guides that I own are "Biking on Mt. Desert Island" by Audrey Minutolo - which offers difficulty ratings of the rides, and "The Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park" by Diana Abrell, which I rate the least useful - YMMV. If you want one, I would go with the first recommendation. These are readily available in various stores all over Acadia. And any ride that ends at Jordan Pond house is a bonus - the popovers are spectacular!!! Be forewarned - parking there is tough, and if you plan on using the bus system to get back to town, that is the busiest junction in the park! It may be tough, or take a while to get back...


July 11, 2012
PDins Gramcounter  
Review: This trail was the highlight of my trip to Acadia. I spent an entire day on the fantastic network of trails. The scenery was by far the highlight, but just biking on the gravel roads was an experience in itself. You don't come here for the singletracks because there are none! So don't

Acadia Carriage Roads MTB Trail 3.71 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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