Take A Carriage Ride Through Acadia National Park For A Truly Unique Maine Experience
A visit to Acadia National Park is considered one of the most beautiful ways to enjoy the state of Maine. With hiking trails that wind through forest as well as some that hug the rocky coast, a visit to the state’s only national park property offers the best of what Maine’s landscape offers. One of our favorite ways to see it is traveling the 45 miles of carriage roads, originally given to the park by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family. Today you can see them the way they were intended by signing up for one of the fun Acadia National Park carriage rides found right inside the park!
Wildwood Stables is run by Carriages of Acadia. They offer tours throughout the day, but it’s best to check out their Carriages of Acadia website and get in touch directly to learn more about booking your experience. The operation also offers a wheelchair accessible carriage, but be sure to call ahead to reserve it. They can be reached on 207-276-5721.
Planning your trip to Acadia National Park? After experiencing one of the Acadia National Park carriage rides, discover more about the crown jewel of the Atlantic coast!
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Things To Do Outside In Maine
What are the most beautiful lakes in Maine?
The most beautiful lakes in Maine can be found in every single corner of the state, you just need to know where to look. Some local favorites include:
- Cobbosseecontee Lake: This beauty is considered remote, but it's not inaccessible. In fact, it's a great place to visit. And, it's home to Ladies Delight Light, Maine’s only lake island lighthouse.
- Echo Lake, Mount Desert Island: This is a great body of water if you love hiking. There are quite a few routes surrounding and nearby the lake.
- Moosehead Lake: One of the largest freshwater lakes in the country is located right here in Maine. And, this one also includes about 80 islands.
- Sebago Lake: This fun lake is great for summer! Enjoy the beaches as well as lots of water sports.
Which hikes in Maine are short and sweet?
Maine's short and sweet hikes are perfect for those are love the outdoors, but don't want to commit to a full day outside. Here are some great ones to explore:
- Jordan Pond Loop Trail, Acadia National Park: This simple-to-follow 3.4-mile trail meanders around Jordan Pond offering great views and fresh air.
- The loop trail within Mariaville Falls Preserve, Ellsworth: There are two main trails within the preserve. Both offer flat terrain to get to a beautiful waterfall. The loop is just under 1.5 miles roundtrip and offers lots of fun.
- Compass Harbor Trail, Bar Harbor: This trail is about 0.8 miles, making it the perfect hike for families or those who prefer low-key journeys outside.
What are the best fall hikes in Maine?
The best fall hikes in Maine offer a great way to see the beauty of the state. Here are a few to start with:
- Bradbury Mountain Loop, Pownal: This beautiful hike is located about 40 minutes from Portland, just outside of Freeport. The summit comes quickly and the views are gorgeous.
- The trails within the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells: There are five great trails here and each one offers great views.
- Little Abol Falls Trail, Baxter State Park: This out-and-back route is about 1.8 miles and takes around an hour, passing through the beautiful forest the whole way.