• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliff areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

Horseback Riding

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Carriage Roads

 

Forty-five miles (72 km) of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park. Most of those roads are available for horseback travel either on a carriage ride with Wildwood Stables or on a horse of your own.

When horseback riding on Acadia's carriage roads be sure to have a copy of the Carriage Road User's Map to better identify the trails, routes, and roads where horses are permitted. The use of pack animals is permitted on the following trails, routes, and roads:

  • carriage roads, except as noted below
  • Western Mountain Connector Trail, when Western Mountain Road and Lurvey Spring Road are closed to motor vehicles
  • motor vehicle roads when closed to motor vehicles
  • established crosswalks
  • the following upaved roads: Hio Fire Road, Man-O'-War Brook Fire Road, Marshall Brook Fire Road, and Valley Cove Fire Road
  • within the developed area of Wildwood Stables

The use of pack animals is prohibited on:

  • Witch Hole Pond and Paradise Hill loops of the carriage roads
  • Eagle Lake loop of the carriage road system except between junctions #7 and #8
  • hiking trails, off routes, and on motor roads when open to vehicular traffic
 

Safety Tips

 
  • Brown Mountain parking lot and Wildwood Stables provide adequate room for horse trailers. Please do not block parking lot access. There is a fee to park at Wildwood Stables. Information about vehicle restrictions in other park areas is also available.
  • Please clean up after your horse in parking lots.
  • If riding during the winter, please do not let your horse walk in cross-country ski tracks. Remember that snowmobiles are permitted in certain areas of the park.

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.