Bicycling

If you are planning a bicycling trip inside Acadia National Park, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Please know that there are established designated routes, public carriage roads and parking areas. Bicycling is not allowed on privately owned carriage roads and hiking trails.

Safety

Be aware that the park roads at places can be narrow and winding. There are nonexistent or at some places too narrow shoulders. There are no specific bicycle paths and traffic is heavy during peak season. Safety gear is highly recommended, such as helmet, knee guard, water bottle of at least 20oz ounces, elbow guard and high visibility clothing. It is important to know that park rules for cyclists with regards to the carriage road safety and courtesy:

  • Carry out what you carry in. Leave no trace.
  • When stopped, move to the side.
  • Everyone yields to horses, which can be startled by sudden movements.
  • Bicyclists yield to all users on the carriage roads.
  • Speeding can be dangerous, slow down!
  • Sudden stops can be hazardous on loose gravel, therefore always be prepared to stop.
  • Ride to the right. When passing on the left, give a clear warning.
  • Bicyclists should use caution when riding on any park road.

Routes for Bicyclers

The Carriage Roads and the Park Loop Road are wide enough to allow bicycle traffic. There are many roads that are open to automobile and bicycle traffic. Please make sure that you do not park in front of the entrance gates. The Carriage Road winds down the heart of the park and is perfect for bicycling with its crushed rock surface.

If you are looking for a scenic view of the park while you ride, the Park Loop Road is the perfect route. However, it is sometimes congested due to traffic as it is narrow and winding. Be extra cautious when riding up towards Cadillac Mountain as it is dangerous due to be steep.

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