Thing to Do

Bike Carriage Roads

Two people with bicycles looking over a ledge on a bridge
Bicyclists can enjoy 45 miles of carriage roads across the park

NPS Photo/Kent Miller

Winding through the heart of the park, the carriage roads have crushed rock surfaces perfect for miles of bicycling. Visitors can either bring their own bicycles or rent bicycles from local outfitters. Use a carriage road map for orientation and distances between intersections. Intersection numbers are labeled on the historic wooden directional posts.

Rules and Safety Advisories

Before venturing out, review the expectations for carriage road etiquette:

  • In 2021, a construction project will limit access to the Eagle Lake Carriage Road into September for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. The entire loop is expected to close initially and individual segments around the lake will then reopen as they become available. Visit our Current Conditions page for up to date information.
  • Cyclists share the carriage roads with horses and pedestrians. Everyone yields to horses and bicyclists yield to everyone.
  • Class 1 E-bikes are permitted on carriage roads. Class 2 and 3 are not allowed.
  • No bicycle may exceed 20 mph on the carriage roads.
  • Bicycling is not permitted on hiking trails or on privately owned carriage roads.
  • During winter where carriage roads are groomed for skiing, bicycles are not permitted.
  • In the spring, carriage roads often close to all traffic during mud season, typically March and April. Please respect all posted signs and notices. To stay updated on temporary closures, visit http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaAlerts.
Details
Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet. Bicycling with your dog is not recommended for safety reasons.
Although this activity is free, a park entrance pass is required for all areas of the park from May 1 through October 31.
Accessibility Information
Carriage roads are mostly accessible. The packed gravel is a more even surface for bicycles suited to be more accessible. Wheelchairs are permitted on carriage roads.

Acadia National Park

Suggested Routes

Unsure where to start? Check our suggested routes for ideas. Be mindful of the shading where elevation change is indicated. For a better understanding of what areas are more steep or level, always consult a topographic map.

Map showing suggested routes along carriage roads

Last updated: April 23, 2021