Acadia National Park Carriage Trail The Eagle Lake Loop

Bar Harbor, Maine 4609

Acadia National Park Carriage Trail The Eagle Lake Loop

Acadia National Park Carriage Trail: The Eagle Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Within Acadia are mountains, rivers, lakes, and over 55 miles of gated gravel roads for the cyclist to explore. This ride gives you only a glimpse of the varied terrain, but it's perfect for anyone looking for an exhilarating morning or afternoon pedal.

Groups will have no problem staying together and kid trailers and hybrid bikes roll smoothly along the Lake Loop that encircles Eagle Lake. Lake Loop's scenery, easy terrain, and proximity to Eagle Lake make it a popular ride in the summer."

Acadia National Park Carriage Trail: The Eagle Lake Loop Reviews

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This trail is fun for biking. I sometimes kayak the lake and love the beautiful vistas. Panoramic views are somewhat limited along the carriage road and the path is fairly heavily wooded and shaded so it is good for runners. There are several long grades. The west side has a 2 mile gradual ascent to the crossroads or you can just ride out and back on the east side. You can also use the Eagle Lake Loop to connect with other great trails to the north (Witch Hole) and south (Bubble and Triad) or check out the famous over-the-mountain trail.
This is a great bike ride. It's shady, you have nice views of the lake once in a while, and it's a gravel road the whole time. We did it with my 1 yr old daughter in a seat attached to my husband's bike, and she just loved it - didn't hear a boo from her for all 2.5 hours. It does get a bit steep along the south side of Eagle Lake (but we did it counter-clockwise, I think clockwise is easier) We walked our bikes up a hill or two. Overall, it was a great, challenging (for us) and beautiful ride.
Very nice and easy trial. Watch out, during the season very busy.
Started at the Rt 233 Parking lot and traveled counter clockwise. Had wonderful sunny and cool weather. Pulled a trailer with a 5 year old and 2 year old. The kids munched on PBJ while my brother and I pedaled around Eagle Lake. Views of the lake from above were inspiring. The rise is more gradual if you procede counter-clockwise. The long ascent (towing the trailer) was rewarded by a fast descent much to the delight of the two kids and their tired father. On the way uphill, my daughter asked, "When are we going to be on a flat section again?" She was concerned that we were going too slow. At the end of the loop the multiple views back at the Bubbles looming over the Lake were a treat. We also saw a crane intently fishing for her supper. Overall a fantasitic ride. Great with kids!
We did this trail with 2 kids on Alleycats. It was beautiful, well maintained and a great way to get the kids to ride bikes for a long distance without worrying about cars. Just excellent.

Acadia National Park Carriage Trail: The Eagle Lake Loop Photos

Trail Information

Bar Harbor
Nearby City
656 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Smooth, gated gravel roads, wide enough for groups of riders to pedal abreast.
1 hour
Trails are open year-round
300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
500 feet
Top Elevation
Acadia National Park (207) 288-3338
Local Contacts
USGS Bar Harbor, Salisbury Cove, Southwest Harbor, Seal Harbor
Local Maps