Trails in Acadia?
Anyone have some info on some trails up in Acadia? The plan is to ride the Carriage Trails with the family, but I am going up a day early to set up camp and get some more technical riding in. I am a photographer, and consider myself beginner to intermediate, but love to ride. I am looking for a moderate ride with some great rewards.
Anyone know of any trails, or a go to bike shop up there to find the real trails?
Thanks in advance.
Do a search within this forum for either "Acadia" or "Bar Harbor" for some info. Acadia is so beautiful and one of my favorites places, but you'll find mostly carriage roads. Not a bad thing, especially if you going to be stopping to take photos as you ride, but there's not much in terms of singletrack. Keeping to the less crowded roads with the family will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone as well.
I've been going up to Acadia each August for 20 years, and have not really found much off-road riding other then the carriage roads. I ride the carriage roads on a road bike with 1.5 in tires, not much need for anything wider. The road riding is beautiful, especially the park loop road. I ride that route early in the morning, every other day that we are there. The Loop Road is a bit of a zoo during the day, but early morning and dinner time is pleasant and quiet.
call ski rack sports in bangor. they know where all the great trails are. They have a facebook, add them and see what they say.
I was vacationing there with bikes last weekend.
Bikes are prohibited from the park's trails. There is a well developed carriage road(crushed stone- mostly stone dust) system open to bikes- almost road riding. Many many miles...MTB recommended.
National Parks = No MTB Singletrack, always.
Bzzzt, wrong but thanks for trying
Originally Posted by idbrian
What is the exception? One trail in one park? That was the way it was explained to me, and why i was never surprised by Acadia having no singletrack.
Originally Posted by radair
Someone didn't do their homework before explaining it to you. Currently there are 22 National Parks that have singletrack open to mountain bikes.
Originally Posted by idbrian
Acadia has loads of singletrack and someday some of it will probably be legal.
Ok, I was unaware of the 2008 change.
Originally Posted by radair
ok, so... where's the "loads of singetrack"?
Stupid question. You really expect an answer?
Don't go riding on any hiking trails!
haha, no, I don't expect an answer in an open forum but.. I would expect a PM. None yet.....
Radair was saying there is loads of singletrack, but it is currently hiking only.
Reply from a friend.
Late reply... may not help you much now... just got back from MDI area
myself... there is no ST on MDI, legal or otherwise, that I know of. I
asked around a lot. Same answer from everyone - no ST on MDI, nothing to
mtn bike except the carriage trails.
HOWEVER, I went to the main land to Tunk Mtn near Schoodic Mtn off Route
182. The State had just put in a new parking lot with an outhouse. The
outhouse was so new it didn't even have a toilet paper holder (and no TP,
either, so be sure to have your own).
Anyway, from there, you can hit some trails at the base of Tunk Mountain.
The trail starts behind the outhouse. No signs - no road signs, no trail
signs. From the parking lot, go down a double track that quickly turns to
ST. The trail forks after 50 ft. out of the parking lot. Bear right (if
you go left, it peters out after 1/4 mile). Single track. Slow, pretty
technical - not ripping fast stuff. Some one had been cleaning up the
trails, put in some split log bridges,new reroutes of the trail, and I dare
say even put in some new trails. Looks like the work is still in progress.
I bet I was the one of the first - if not the first - to use the new
trails. Very new stuff.
There was not a lot of trail but it was fun. The trails take you to and
around some beautiful little ponds. It was gorgeous. You have to just
explore. Take every trail you find. Ride it as far as you can. The trail
up to Tunk Mtn gets too steep to ride. Turn around and hit some of the
trails you passed by before.
From the parking lot you can also cross the street and hit a dirt road
(actually, ride 100 ft back down 182 towards Rt. 200 - dirt road will be on
your left - it goes steeply up hill) that takes you up to trails that go
the Schoodic Mtn. area. I did not go up that way. Based on the maps I
had, the elevation gains looked to be more than I wanted to hike with my
bike. I could be wrong. Someone told me to ride Schoodic Mtn. Maybe that
person can pipe in with their experience riding there.
To get to the Tunk Mtn/ Schoodic Mtn parking lot from MDI, go back to
Ellsworth. Take Route 1 North to Route 200. Turn left on to Route 200 to
Route 182. Turn right on route 182. Go maybe a half mile. There is a
convenience/ gas store on the right. Go in there and get the Tunk Mtn/
Schoodic Mtn map sitting on the cash register counter. Then keep driving
north on 182 heading for Cherryfield. Using the map you just bought, look
for the new parking lot (not on the map) on the left at the base of Tunk
I saw a group trying to take their bikes around Jordan Pond last year (starting by the dam below the JPH). They didn't get far.
Please respect the park rules and don't poach any singletrack. Take a leisurely ride on the carriage roads.
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