It was created in a very unusual way... totally from private land donations. Maine has always been a vacationland for the east coast.
When the summer sun is making other parts of the country uncomfortably hot, Acadia provides considerable shade and cooler temperatures for riding.
The stone bridges are an amazing display of the stone mason's craft. Rockefeller wanted them to blend in with the natural environment so the local granite was sculpted rough to match the natural rock.
Even though I would guess that cyclists are now the number one users of the carriage roads, the Park Service has not made it easy for us.
|The Park Loop Road - paved but no shoulders.|
|Cooksey Road bypasses the worst of Highway 3/Champlain Rd|
In late June, a shuttle bus starts running that you can use to get into and out of the park with your bike but it would be nice of the Park Service to recognize the value of cyclist visitors and to provide a basic bike path to get them to and from the campground safely.
For those of us interested in expanding our cycling to gravel forest roads the opportunity to ride in Acadia National Park should not be overlooked.