Something rather unique to us is that the 125 miles of hiking trails are constructed in and around the carriage trails, so it is easy to map out a great hike using both. A few miles into the Eagle Lake Loop carriage trail, we secured our bikes and headed up what we thought to be a "piece of cake" 2/10th mile to Conners Nubble. I'll write more later about the hiking trails of Acadia, but for now, just know that most of the time, 2/10th mile in Acadia is worse than 5 MILES in the Smokies! In Acadia, you do not hike, you rock-climb!! And that's exactly what this was! Yes, Bill is on the trail. He is actually reaching back to help me up!
To say I was proud of myself is quite an understatement. In fact, at one point, I'd told Bill to just go on - I'd wait. Except there was no easy place to wait and I couldn't get back down without his help!! Once we made it, the 360 degree view was incredible and we proudly placed our stone at the top of the cairn. We enjoyed our time there, but all I could think about was how I was going to get back down!
This was the Witch Hole Pond and Paradise Hill Loop Carriage Trail. We chose to bike the Witch Hole Pond part, secure the bikes and walk the Paradise Hill section.
One of the very unique features of the carriage roads are the 16 bridges. The bridges were built to cross a ravine, stream or road and EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT! I'd hoped to find them all! Not sure that is going to happen, but here is my favorite so far. It is a triple arched bridge that crossed one of the few mountain streams in the park. The design was so intricate and beautiful! (If you follow the link describing all the bridges, this one is the Duck Pond Bridge)