Acadia provides different opportunities for bicycling on carriage roads, bike paths, gravel roads, and paved roads. There are various options based on experience, elevation change, type of bicycle, and destination.
Winding through the heart of the park, the carriage roads have crushed rock surfaces perfect for bicycling. Use a carriage road map for orientation and distances between intersections Before venturing out, review the expectations for carriage road etiquette:
Park Loop Road
The Park Loop Road offers scenic views, but it is winding and narrow and may be congested with vehicles. There is no shoulder on the road. Biking the Park Loop Road is not advised during the busy part of the day (generally 10 am to 4 pm). You must bike with the traffic flow on the one-way section of the Park Loop Road. The road up Cadillac Mountain is very steep and can be dangerous.
Do I need an entrance pass to bike on the Park Loop Road?
Where does the traffic flow change on the Park Loop Road?
Western Mountain Roads (Seal Cove Road, Western Mountain Road, and Lurvey Spring Road) are also open to biking. Bicyclists should exercise caution, as some ruts are very deep and traverse the entire width of the roads. Some unpaved roads also have downed wood across all or part of the road. Always check road closures and alerts before biking.
Bicycling Rules and Safety
Before heading out, cyclists should familiarize themselves with carriage road courtesy and safety:
Island Explorer Bicycle Express ferries cyclists from the Bar Harbor Village Green to Eagle Lake and across the carriage road system. Please note the following when using Bicycle Express:
Last updated: October 19, 2020