Biking on Mt. Desert Island
There are 54 miles of well maintained, beautiful Carriage Roads in the National Park, and miles more of quiet two track roads that wind though the woods and by lakes. The Carriage Roads have no cars and are designed for horses to pull light carriages, so, for the most part, the hills aren’t too steep. The carriage trails are a hard packed fine gravel surface and are well suited for mountain bikes and hybrids. We can help you avoid the worst of the hills and plan a ride that is compatible with your endurance and skill level.
The paved roads are constantly ridden, and the traffic is used to bikes, so with a bit of common sense, it is safe. The Park Loop Road is a fabulous 20 mile ride of hills and views and smooth pavement. There are other roads that definitely are not safe to ride on, and many that have wide paved shoulders, so be sure to talk to us before you head out.
The free Explorer Bus has bike carriers to transport you and your bike from the Motel to a bike shop (in Southwest or in Bar Harbor) or to the Carriage Roads. It is free, convenient and frequent. The bus allows you to ride from one place to another so you don’t have to always ride a circular route.
There is a great bike shop in Southwest Harbor and two in Bar Harbor for service or rental needs. Talk to us for our recommendations.
Dave rides his mountain bike and his roady as often as he can, and can give you advice. He has been on all of the Carriage Roads, and most of the paved roads on the island.