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Trails & Carriage Roads

Acadia’s 130-mile hiking trail network and 45-mile carriage road system are the most used and most beloved of Acadia’s cultural resources. With beginnings that predate the park itself, these matchless roads and trails provide non-motorized access to the rocky mountaintops, peaceful woodlands, and pristine shorelines of Acadia’s interior. Acadia’s small size—encompassing mountains, ponds, seaside cliffs, and salt- and freshwater beaches in just 35,000 acres—together with its trail and carriage road systems, make it among the most accessible parks in the US for visitors of all ages and abilities. Visitors and residents alike consider the trails and carriage roads a precious recreational resource.

Friends of Acadia founders were already volunteering their time on Acadia’s trails when the organization was formed in 1986, and from the earliest days to the present the trails and carriage roads have been a central focus of Friends of Acadia’s work. The Carriage Road Endowment of the early 1990s put FOA “on the map” as an organization that could motivate large numbers of people to contribute to Acadia’s well being. In the next decade, Acadia Trails Forever created the first endowed trail system in the nation. Thousands of individuals and groups have traveled—from next door and from across the country—to volunteer on Acadia’s trails and carriage roads and feel the joy and inspiration of caring for these national treasures.

Learn more about Friends of Acadia’s work:

Trails & Carriage Roads
Acadia Trails Forever »
America’s first endowed hiking trail system

The Carriage Road Endowment »
Protecting Rockefeller’s magnificent auto-free roads

Village Connector Trails »
Leave your car behind and walk into the park!

Acadia Winter Trails Association »
Grooming Acadia’s carriage roads for cross-country skiing

Wheelchair Access »
Keeping Acadia accessible for all

Trenton Community Trail »
A unique recreational resource in Trenton

How You Can Help
Take a child or a friend on a hike, walk, ski, or bike ride on Acadia’s trails or carriage roads and introduce them to a recreational adventure that can last a lifetime; then consider giving them a gift membership in Friends of Acadia to expand the network of support for these beloved pathways.