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These carriage road trails around Eagle Lake offer spectacular views every season. Most of this 6+ mile loop is a flat wide gravel path with a short steep windy section. So far I've hiked, snowshoed, and mountain biked this loop. During winter there're established cross country skiing tracks. Excellent fishing opportunities; I've uploaded photos from winter 2018 ice fishing trip. This loop trail offers numerous junctions where the carriage road continues in many directions throughout the park.

This was a great find, we took our 4 month old lab, he would rate it a 5 plus. We are 70 and did about half way great hike, wish there were more spots to enjoy a dip!

5 days ago

Our first All Trails hike and review. This was challenging for this family of five, but no regrets. I would not recommend for anyone who is in very bad shape or with heart or severe back issues. We took 2.5 hours but I’m sure fitness hikers could do it in half that time. We parked on Route 102 and parked along the road near the small Echo Lake lot (toilet shack right there!). Trailhead lot is on east side of road. Beautiful views of Somes Sound. Even though you might be loathe to climb down to the waterside, take the well marked down and back trail just after the Man O War creek. We missed the MOW waterfall into the water, so research this so you don’t follow suit. The fire road trail back to the road was dull, but welcomingly easy.

Whole family enjoyed- ages 4-40 and varying abilities. About 2 hours to complete at a slow pace (4 year old led most of the way). Lots of blueberries to eat and mushrooms and moss to view. Not too muddy; boards covered the worst parts. Nice young kid hike but with interesting parts (blueberries, boards) to interest older kids.

mountain biking
11 days ago

mountain biking
20 days ago

one fairly steep uphill

hiking
27 days ago

I went here for a spontaneous day of hiking, but was surprised to find that I needed to make reservations for the ferry to cross the river to the island. It was simple enough to make reservations, but I had just missed the first trip across so I had to come back. After getting to the island I found there were pleasant and easy to navigate walking trails. Definitely nothing too steep or strenuous. It’s a lovely walk in the woods. I’m eager to go back and try staying at the campground they have on the island.

Great trails for kids and dogs. We enjoy walking the trail loop through the forest, then going down the road to the beach to relax. The beach (pond side) also has bathroom facilities, a play ground, picnic area and swimming. Dog families should note that dogs are not permitted on the beach. Best time of year to hike, if you prefer to be alone in the woods, is during the Spring and Fall months.

on Eagle Lake Trail

nature trips
1 month ago

Easy walking trail around eagle lake

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was overgrown and hard for hiking, for the hefty price of $14 per person.

road biking
1 month ago

For cycling, Eagle Lake is an excellent choice for either a loop around the lake (East side is flatter; West side has 2 mile gradual ascent to the crossroads), just riding out/back on East side, or using Eagle to connect with other great trails to the North (Witch Hole), to the South (Bubble and Triad roads to Jordan Pond), or doing the famous over-the-mountain trail. If trying to coordinate some great carriage road cycling days - Eagle is a great place to start and end your hikes.

Great trail, very flat, great for running, biking, or walking the dog.

It was tough at the beginning. I didn’t like the stairs but I did love the trail.

fishing
1 month ago

Both the fishing and trail were pretty good. The views of mountains are quite nice too!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked part of Eagle Lake in order to get to the Seven Bridges (towards Aunt Betty's Pond). The first thing we saw on the trail as we left the parking lot was a stone bridge. Wide gravel path. Most is easy walking except one good incline up. The fall afternoon (3pm) we walked it, it was almost deserted, a lovely peaceful walk through pines and trees dressed in colorful fall foliage. At one point we walked 45 mins to 1 hour before seeing another person. Followed signs at carriage road junction to bridges (bridges were small plain wood structures, not the cobblestone or granite stone ones people think of). On return, we did encounter more people, some walking and some cyclists who sped and were discourteous to those on foot. No excuse as the path/road is very wide. Gorgeous views of the lake with fall foliage as the sun was setting. Good walk with leashed dogs and easy for kids, but they may be bored.

amazing hike; very fun with the rock scrambling. Not super challenging, but not easy either. Hiking back down the rocks was fantastic

short walk but pretty

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and peaceful hike. I particularly enjoyed the forest section. At the end of the hike there were some amazing photo opportunities. Everything is beautiful here in Maine and this hike is no exception

Beautiful spot, but lots of recent damage to trail from motorbikes. Tried side trails and found more of same. Hauled my butt out of there with my dog when I heard motorbikes nearby on the trails.

walking
2 months ago

Lovely trail! Nice view points and beautiful scenery. Trail was moderate

I would hesitate to call this moderately trafficked. Hardly ever seen more than 2 cars at the trailhead shown here. For the most part, it's in the woods, can be pretty buggy.

hiking
3 months ago

Fairly flat. Probably half of the trail is wooded, but some nice lake views are here too. Pretty busy carriage road!

on Popham Beach

walking
6 months ago

snowshoeing
6 months ago

This is a super chill hike with nice scenery. Summer months get a bit busy. It's also a great place to take the dog. In the winter, this is a great little trail to do some snowshoeing.

hiking
8 months ago

I really liked this hike a lot because we met a local lobster fisherman, toured old Fort Popham, walked the beach, went swimming in the ocean, ate a good lunch, and took a ferry to Seguin Island.

An easy walk through hemlocks and along the Presumpscot River. Well marked at strategic bends in the path.

Loved the views of the marsh

10 months ago

Biked this path - would recommend over walking. Great carriage road to bike.

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