Blissful Biking in Acadia National Park – No Cars!

Bike in Acadia MonthWith magnificent vistas of mountains and sea along the 27-mile Park Loop Road and more than 55 miles of packed-gravel carriage trails, Acadia National Park offers visitors a goldmine of natural splendor. Located in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park is one of the top ten most visited national parks in the country and is world-renown for bicycle enthusiasts of every skill level. For the experienced cyclist, magnificent 360 degree ocean views may be seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern seaboard. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is the first in the US.

Acadia National Park draws visitors from across the US and the world, making it one of the top 10 most visited national parks in the country in-season. Early season visitors can benefit by exploring Acadia without the crowds of July and August, and better yet, during Bike In Acadia Month, without cars or other motor vehicles.

For the period from April 15 through May 17, the National Park Service has waived entry fees to Acadia Park loop road, enabling bicyclists to ride with no motor vehicles. According to The Ellsworth American, the ability to bike the Loop Road and Cadillac Summit Road this late in the spring without car or other vehicle traffic is unprecedented. Carriage trails offer cyclists the pleasure of traversing through forest, ponds, meadows, streams, waterfalls and woods without the need to be concerned about vehicular traffic.

To encourage visitors to visit, Maples Inn is offering early season room rates of only $95/night.



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  1. Paula Kreissler April 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Mark – thanks for posting! This is great!!

    • Innkeeper_Mark May 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Paula

  2. P Jude Corso April 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Very cool….love the blog…..keep it coming!

    • Innkeeper_Mark May 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

      We’ll do our best. So much inspiration up here. Coming next – birdwatching.

  3. neil kennedy April 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    A great way to work off those scrumptious breakfasts!

    • Innkeeper_Mark May 3, 2013 at 11:41 am


  4. Carol May 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Congratulations on the blog. Keep me posted on how things are up there! See you in 2 months! (OK 62 days…not that I’m counting!)

    • Innkeeper_Mark May 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

      We’re looking forward to seeing you too Carol! Is it seven years and counting?

      • Carol May 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        I think it’s the 13th time….since 2001 if I remember correctly…back when Tom owned the inn. Stayed in every room except White Birch…and you know Red Oak’s my favorite.

  5. Marie Simoneau May 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Good for you, Mark! I so enjoyed my stay at your inn… and yes, the breakfasts are SO delicious.

    • Innkeeper_Mark May 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Marie! Always happy to have you join us.

  6. Aaron Steiner May 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

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    • Innkeeper_Mark May 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Delete please

      Thank you!