Acadia's Carriage Roads by Robert Thayer

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By Robert Thayer

The 3rd name within the Acadia nationwide Park advisor sequence, Acadia's Carriage Roads covers the background, geology, and biology of the world. It contains functional recommendation and maps to aid viewers get the main from their excursions of the roads, even if strolling, through bicycle, or on cross-country skis. With their work-of-art stone bridges, those crushed-rock carriage roads — the results of many years of attempt via philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. — are identified in the course of the global for his or her good looks.

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Beyond the two bridges, the road gradually descends back to the Brown Mountain Gate Lodge. Bear right at intersection 19 then left at 18 to return to the parking area. HEMLOCK BRIDGE Hemlock Bridge rises from the forest floor like an imposing wall of stone. The skewed arch of Waterfall Bridge frames a forty-foot waterfall. WATERFALL BRIDGE The carriage road skirts the edge of Gilmore Meadow. 2 miles through a diverse woodland. Just before intersection 11, the road crosses a wet, open meadow. Approach quietly, and watch for wildlife.

Nonetheless, the Sargent Mountain section of the road does reach above treeline and provides sweeping vistas to the north and the west. As the road begins its serpentine climb, it crosses the Chasm Brook Bridge. After a heavy spring rain, the brook dramatically plunges fifteen feet over a series of granite steps before entering the chasm and passing beneath the bridge. Built with a low, segmented arch and spiraled end posts, Chasm Brook Bridge contains elements of several previously constructed bridges.

STANLEY BROOK BRIDGE The Seaside Path passes beneath one of the three arches. Jordan Pond was created twelve thousand years ago as the glaciers retreated. The U-shaped valley and the rounded landscape are evidence of their effect. At the pond’s southern end, the restaurant sits on a glacial moraine, which blocks the water’s flow to the ocean. This created the lake, whose outlet—Jordan Stream—cuts through this moraine, exposing boulders left by the glacier. The first tour follows the path of Jordan Stream as it makes its way through the forest to the sea.

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