Explore the most popular road biking trails in Acadia National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Excellent way to see a lot of Acadia if hiking isn't your thing or if you don't have time to do a ton of hikes. The roads are in good condition with lots of pull offs/signage for areas of interest/scenic areas. On tip: if you enter the park of SR 3 north of Bar Harbor you should do the loop clockwise. If you go counter clockwise you have to backtrack; as over 1/2 the loop is 1 way.

fantastic hike. we did south bubble first and descended down the rocks and it was great fun - few shuffles on the bum down the rocks but easier than ascending. Wonderful views and easy hike for such views. The did north bubble again manageable hike and wonderful views of eagle lake. we continued to eagle lake and joined eagle lake loop (fun walk over rocks) and later the carry Jordan lake trail back to bubbles parking lot so we didn't have to go back on ourselves (easy walk back)

7 months ago

The view is amazing up at the top. I STRONGLY agree with some other posters in that coming up South Bubble was a difficult climb for me (fairly fit 56 y.o.).
There were two or three spots near the top that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to continue, yet the thought of going down the way we came was not in the realm of possibility. Going back down Bubble Trail after scrambling up South Bubble seemed like a breeze.
The view was definitely worth it!

7 months ago

Fun trail with amazing views, but incredibly challenging coming up from the lake to South Bubble. I would recommend doing the loop clockwise as another poster mentioned as I can't imagine trying to come down the way we went up. There was some pretty serious climbing in one section with little room for error. From South Bubble/Bubble Rock we headed to North Bubble, then Conners Nubble and then went north to Eagle Lake. We picked up the Eagle Lake trail to Jordan Pond Carry trail to head back to our car. The trail around the lake was nice with lots of boulders to climb over. It was much more enjoyable than trying to come back the way we came and it evens out to be about the same mileage.

A one hour loop where we skipped the Eagle Lake section of the trails. A few uphill climbs but not too strenuous. My 7 & 9 year old sons did it and loved it. Gorgeous views!

Love! Totally fun, especially the decent from South Bubble towards the lake - a fun scramble. Our kids (5 & 7) both did well and enjoyed it.

Nice walk around on a well maintained path. A lot of bikes on this path. Great little lakes to see.

7 months ago

Recommend going clockwise on loop as pitch from pond to top of bubble very steep and rocky.

8 months ago

There are 3 ways to get up/down the mountain. We were hiking with a dog and one route is not dog friendly, so check with the ranger stations. One path is no joke, hiking over boulders. The views were worth it!

9 months ago

We didn't attempt the southerly descent from South Bubble on the advice of several other hikers (including their six and eight year old children) at the top, who cautioned that it was extremely challenging for younger children (which calls into question the moderate rating), but otherwise a very enjoyable trail.

we did just bubblerock and the north peak and both were well worth the short effort. we did not complete the remainder of the north trail.

Short trail. But with lots of excitement

Kid friendly for sure. Go early so that you can avoid all the foot traffic!

on Bubbles Trail

10 months ago

Hit all the bubbles today! Beautiful hike and our absolute favorite of the weekend. Just when you think the view can't get better, it does!

10 months ago

Great way to start a day. About a mile climb from the lot to the rock. Good peripheral areas to explore. Excellent views.

10 months ago

Definitely come up the south side of South Bubble from Jordan Pond. We went up the north side and came down the south side and it's a lot more challenging to come down that side, especially the wedge. Beautiful views from the top!

Very nice, wide open carriage trail. Enter in the visitor center and the trail head is located at the far back of the parking lot, past the bus stops. Very steep incline at the first 1/4-1/2 mile, but then levels out. Great for bikes and strollers. Loop was around 4.7 miles.

11 months ago

Try to park at the small parking lot before the main parking lot for this trail (if you can't, park at the main parking lot and hike down the road to it)! Hike down the hill and you will be greeted by Jordan Pond. There will be two trails: one bordering the lake and one going up the mountain. Definitely take the trail going up Bubble Mountain!! The trail will not start off steep, but it will when you get closer to the top! You will climb up iron rungs on this and the views are amazing!! Not for hikers with a fear of heights. My two daughters (8 and 9 years old) completed this trail and loved it!! The views are breathtaking!!! Blueberries galore!!!

11 months ago

Kid friendly. Easy.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Great hike. started at the Bubble parking lot headed south to Jordan Pond the went up the south of the south bubble. Fun little scramble with a wedge toward the top. Wedge was a bit of a squeeze even for a tall skinny guy like me but worth the view. Headed to North bubble which is only an extra .3 miles up.

We spoke with the locals and in the summer the bubble gets over crowded. Head early to this hike and the bee hive. Parking at the bubble can get tough, I can tell.

Monday, May 15, 2017


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Cool and cloudy to start but can't beat the views in whatever weather. Started up North Bubble from BR parking lot, followed northward to Connors Nubble; continue the loop by descending north side of Connors Nubble and return via Eagle Lake trail and carry trail. Some fun rock scrambling along shore of Eagle Lake.

off road driving
Monday, February 20, 2017

Snowmobiled the park loop and went up Mt. Cadillac. Watched the sun go down over the West side. There are many ooos and ahhh around every corner but few words to capture the exquisite beauty and ruggedness of Acadia.
Acadia is a jewel!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great hike

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Great views!

scenic driving
Monday, October 03, 2016

Only had 1.5 days at the park. This was a great way to see many awesome views and parts of the park. If you don't have a ton of time, I'd recommend at least one hike in addition to this.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Very easy walking path. Nice stops along the way. Very crowded.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Been to most of the national parks in the USA. Not that impressed but if it makes you feel better I did buy a hat

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beautiful views and a great quick hike. Did this with my 6 year old son, 62 year old mother and 1 year old dog. Everyone loved it though for more experienced hikers it is quite easy.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

While Acadia park itself is beatiful, the loop trail is mostly just a 2 lane road with some viewpoints and trailheads. I made the mistake of walking most of it, which I do not recommend. Driving around the loop or cycling is the way to go and then branch off to explore the different trails that come off of the road.

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