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Hadlock Loop

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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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4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Loop

496' 151 m

High

234' 71 m

Low

282' 86 m

Up

283' 86 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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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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Apr 11, 2018 near Bar Harbor, ME
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Oct 16, 2019 near Bar Harbor, ME
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Oct 15, 2019 near Bar Harbor, ME
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May 18, 2019 near Tremont, ME

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Nov 6, 2021
Jack M
Jul 30, 2021
CT Thompson
This was our favorite. Pond waterfall bridges. Up and lots of down.
May 30, 2021
Charlie Beals
4.3 miles including the walk to the start of the loop from the parking lot. Did it backward (clockwise) so the uphill would be steeper. 4.3mi — 1h 23m
Mar 10, 2021
Marianne McCarthy
Ranger program: Mr Rockefeller's Bridges. From Parkman parking lot to Hadlock Falls Bridge & back (didn't do loop) 2mi
Sep 15, 2020
adam kerechanin
Jul 29, 2020
Lauren M
Sep 23, 2019
Matt Dougherty
Sep 8, 2019
Amanda Lowell