The carriage roads of Acadia are perhaps the most
popular and picturesque for mountain biking. Located
on the eastern side of MDI these hard-packed, auto-free
roads provide nearly 50 miles of biking. Multi-speed,
fat-tire, or hybrid bikes are strongly suggested.
Numbered sign posts serve to orient bikers, hikers,
and equestrians. Cyclists should remember to ride
on the right at all times, and to yield to those
on foot, horseback or carriage.
Ocean Drive - Park Loop Road, provides the most
challenging and spectacular cycling on MDI. Beginning
at the Park Visitor's Center in Hulls Cove, this
route proceeds toward Sand Beach and Thunder Hole.
Most of this circular ride is on a one-way, two-lane
road, making it quite safe for biking. A side excursion
up Cadillac Mountain should be attempted only by
the rider in fairly good physical condition. It
is suggested that cyclists avoid pedaling up Cadillac
during peak traffic hours.
For those who either don't own or didn't bring
a bike, there are rental companies who have bikes
for the whole family. Reservations are recommended
during the summer season.
CAN YOU DO WHILE AT ACADIA?
Acadia Bike & Canoe, 48 Cottage Street, Bar
Harbor. (207) 288-9605.
Main Street, Southwest Harbor. (207) 244-5856.