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Eagle Lake Carriage Road

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Length

6.1 Miles 9.8 Kilometers

99%

Runnable

Elevation

299' 91 m

Ascent

-295' -90 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

470' 143 m

High

276' 84 m

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One of Acadia's famed Carriage Roads. The best example of brokenstone roads in the U.S. today.

Tom Robson

Overview [Suggest Changes]

Please respect posted regulations where they apply.
This is one of Acadia's most popular carriage road loops around the scenic Eagle Lake.
Features: Fall Colors — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Dogs: Leashed

Runner Notes [Suggest Changes]

This system of roads provide the perfect setting for a great run. Stay to the right and hammer out some miles!

Description [Suggest Changes]

Forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park. Rockefeller, a skilled equestrian rider, wanted to travel on motor-free byways via horse and carriage into the core of Mount Desert Island. His development efforts from 1913 to 1940 resulted in the amazing road system you can use today with extensive views of this rich landscape.

Acadia's carriage roads are the best example of broken stone a type of road commonly used at the turn of the 20th in America. They are wonderfully well preserved, and visitors today can travel along them in much the same fashion as Mr. Rockefeller himself. They are true roads, approximately 16 feet wide, constructed with methods that required much hand labor.

Road crews quarried the island for granite road material and bridge facing. The use of native materials helped blend the roads into the natural landscape and ensure their longevity. However, maintaining these roads today is no easy task, and has been made possible through the National Park Service as well as the non-profit, .

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

These roadsides were landscaped with native vegetation such as blueberries and sweet fern. Be sure to stop and pick some!

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