Acadia All-American Road

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  • Crashing Surf in Acadia

    The Acadia region offers unparalleled surf and opportunities for visitors to explore the fascinating world of the tidal zone.

  • Jordan Pond and the Bubbles

    This view is taken from the Jordan Pond House where visitors can enjoy afternoon tea and popovers while taking in this magnificent view.

  • Northeast Harbor

    Villages near the park represent the variety of life-styles on the island today.

  • Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

    Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Maine occupies a jutting coastline where rocks meet towering conifers.

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  • Under the Bridge

    A bike rider travels one of Acadia National Park's famed carriage roads.

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  • Acadia National Park Architecture

    Fine landscaping surrounds a carriage road house in Acadia National Park.

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  • Acadia Carriage Roads

    Though originally designed for carriages, these roads allow for pleasant afternoon rides like this one.

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  • Fall Colors at Sommeville

    Multicolored trees and flowers reflect on the water's still surface in Sommeville.

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  • Mount Desert Island View over the Narrows

    The scene from Trenton over the tidal Mount Desert Narrows of the Mount Desert Island shoreline and the Mountains of Acadia National Park exemplifies the tree-robed landscape.

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  • Carriage Road Bridge in Acadia National Park

    A unique feature of Acadia National Park is the 45 miles of rustic carriage roads which weave around the mountains and through the valleys of the Park. The roads were originally built between 1913 and 1940 as a gift of philanthropist John D Rockefeller, Jr., and family. Rockefeller had a selfish motive in building the roads. He was a skilled horseman and desired to travel on motor free byways via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island, when it was still the exclusive domain of the rich and famous. The carriage roads have sweeping vistas and close up views of the landscape.

    Acadia's carriage roads are made of broken stone, commonly used throughout America a century ago. They are about 16 feet wide and made with three layers of rock, stone, culverts, wide ditches and a six to eight inch crown of crushed stone.

    The beauty of the graded roads is enhanced with stone retaining walls and numerous stone bridges which follow the contours of the land.

    Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the carriage roads, which are very popular with hikers, bicyclists, horses and horse drawn carriages.

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  • Hulls Cove, Maine

    Calm water laps against the shore of Hulls Cove, Maine.

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  • A Hiker's Perfect Retreat in Acadia National Park, Maine

    Acadia's many foot trails, from lowland paths to mountain routes, suit the casual walker or the avid hiker.

  • Hunting for Lobsters in Acadia

    A lobster boat makes its daily catch in the blue waters of Acadia.

  • Autumn at Eagle Lake

    Some bikers sit along the shore of Eagle Lake

  • Multimodal Opportunites Along the Acadia Byway

    The Park Loop Road provides the visitor with transportation options such as bicycling, walking, cross-country sking, and by automobile.

  • Sand Beach Along the Acadia Byway

    One of only a couple of beaches in the Acadia Region provides swimming opportunities for visitors.

  • The Valley Tarn of Acadia

    This small mountain lake is formed from the watersheds of Champlain and Dorr Mountains.

  • Somes Sound and Norumbega Mountain

    A gorgeous aerial view of the Somes Sound and Norumbega Mountain

  • Sculpture in Granite

    One of the many granite bridge arches on Acadia's Park Loop Road.

  • Historic Gate House

    Two outstanding Gatehouses exist along the corridor, providing access to the carriage road network in the park.

  • Fine Aesthetics Prevail in Acadia

    The emphasis of fine details on a simple walking path captures the visitor's attention.

  • Otter Point with Gorham, The Beehive, and Champlain Mountains

    Spectacular granite capped mountains meet the Atlantic shoreline in Acadia.

  • Historic Granite Arch Bridges are Typical on the Park Loop Road

    Between 1915 and 1933, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. built the 57 miles of carriage roads and associated bridges of Acadia. He gave more than 11,000 acres, about one-third of the park's area, to what became known as Acadia National Park.

  • Cadillac Mountain Welcomes Sightseers

    Some travelers take in a beautiful day at Cadillac Mountain.

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