Riding in Maine's Mount Desert National Park
Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful
places in America. There the mountains meet the
sea and the views are unsurpassed. John D.
Rockefeller, Jr., constructed a 51-mile carriage
road system for his personal use early in the 20th
century. He later presented them as a gift to the
people of the United States. No motorized vehicles
are allowed. The stone bridges are so pretty, they
remind me of those on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The trails are arranged in loops, with many intersections
so you can choose different directions. They go by
lakes, up mountains that have lookouts to the ocean,
through deep woods and by rushing streams. The terrain
is challenging, but the views are well worth the climbs;
and the ride down is wonderful.
Mr. Kenyon Karl's webpage on these trails,
Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park.
You will find excellent detailed information