Carriage Road Bridge Detail
A trip to Acadia NP isn’t complete without a tour of the island on the carriage roads. Whether you are walking or biking, the carriage roads offer forty-five miles of well-graded, crushed gravel paths that pass through some of the most beautiful scenery of Mount Desert Island. It was easy for us to access the carriage roads from our motel, with only about a mile ride on quiet, local roads, before we entered the park. We first rode south toward one of the big lakes of the island, called Eagle Lake. When Rockefeller planned his carriage roads, he designed a number of stone bridges to cross roads that carried cars, small creeks, and other natural features. Each bridge is different. The first one we came to, as we climbed the road around Parkman Mountain had charming spiral motifs at each end. Nobody builds bridges like this anymore, not by hand, and not with such attention to detail. As we climbed around Parkman, we saw nice views of Somes Sound, and could spot the area where we camped for our first two nights in Acadia.