The carriage roads in Acadia National Park reopen for bicyclists and horses and riders on Friday, May 15. FILE PHOTO

Carriage roads to reopen for bicyclists

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Carriage roads closed here due to the spring thaw are will re-open for all users, including bicyclists and horses and riders.

Each spring park officials close the nearly 50 miles of rustic, vehicle free roads for a few weeks to allow frost and mud to dissipate. Bicycles can leave long muddy grooves that accelerate erosion and damage the gravel surface of the roads.

Bikes and horses will be allowed beginning on Friday, May 15.

Bicyclists will have a treat this weekend however, when the park holds the first of two “car-free” days on the Park Loop Road. The 22-mile highway will be closed to motor vehicles Saturday morning.

The National Park Service will close portions of the Park Loop Road from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, and Saturday, Sept. 26. The National Park Service also will waive the park entrance fee for all visitors during the car-free morning on May 16, and offer a fee-free day in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 26.

Roads that provide direct access to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Jordan Pond and Sieur de Monts (including the Abbe Museum, Wild Gardens of Acadia and Nature Center) will remain open, and visitors will be encouraged to park in these locations.

The Jordan Pond House restaurant and gift shops at Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole will be open during their regular business hours.

For the safety of visitors, roadside parking will be prohibited at the Cadillac Mountain entrance on Eagle Lake Road (Route 233), and bicyclists will be required to ride only in the direction permitted on the one-way section of the Park Loop Road.

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Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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