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Witch Hole Connector

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


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1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

284' 87 m

High

253' 77 m

Low

21' 6 m

Up

50' 15 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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Description

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 today. 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, Friends of Acadia.

Flora & Fauna

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

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Tom Robson

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Oct 23, 2019
Tyler Eason
Oct 2, 2018
Chris S
Sep 21, 2018
Chris McCloud
Did as part of Acadia/New England/Maine/NB trip (as part of route around Eagle Lake and Jordan/Witch Hole Ponds after Jiaxin ) August-September 2018.
Aug 13, 2017
Leah Rawdon
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Joshua Howard
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