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Maine: Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

Explore cozy beaches, craggy shorelines, fishing wharves, and so much more during this exhilarating Acadia National Park bike tour. Ride at your own pace along Rockefeller’s historic car-free carriage roads and explore authentic Down East landscapes. In idyllic Bar Harbor, practice your lobster-cracking skills and browse galleries, boutiques, and seafood bars. Ride along refreshing and unspoiled rugged coastlines, forested coves, and fishing harbors with views of working lobster boats. Savor a picnic under the pines and end your days at a charming seaside inn.

Tour Highlights

  • Ride along Rockefeller’s historic, car-free carriage roads through Acadia National Park
  • Browse Bar Harbor’s enticing shops, art galleries, and seafood bars
  • Ride through a refreshing and unspoiled landscape of rugged coastline, forested coves, and idyllic fishing harbors
  • Pause at Jordan Pond’s pristine waters reflecting the beautiful curves of the Bubbles, two of Acadia’s distinctive small peaks
  • Sample the Pine State’s famous mouth-watering scones, pies, cobblers, and martinis infused with Maine blueberries

What to Expect

This tour offers a full range of easy terrain and some moderate hills and is ideal for both beginner and experienced cyclists. Please verify your bike selection for this tour as it is not always possible to change bikes once you arrive on tour. Travel with your friends and family—we can accommodate multiple guests on this self-guided vacation. Our 24/7 support system is available if needed.

  • Daily Mileage: 8 - 26 miles|
  • Biking: 1 - 3 hours
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
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Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Apr67º/50º

May65º/45º

Jun74º/54º

Jul79º/59º

Aug78º/59º

Sep70º/52º

Oct59º/42º

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Precipitation:

Apr2.39 in

May4.6 in

Jun4.1 in

Jul3.5 in

Aug3.3 in

Sep4.5 in

Oct5.3 in

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Self-Guided Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT bike, helmet, and bike bag

Welcome Orientation and bike fitting with Local host

Luggage transportation

Ride with GPS and daily route notes

VBT Road Book with destination information

24/7 support system

Flat kit and multi-tool

Your choice of VBT branded gear for your adventure

Itinerary

Sat, Jun 3 to Tue, Jun 6 - 2023

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Make your own arrangements for travel to Bar Harbor. If you’re flying to Maine, Bangor International Airport is the closest airport. For suggestions on traveling to Bar Harbor, please refer to your VBT Handbook.

As you begin biking Acadia National Park, you’ll meet your Local host and any other VBT guests arriving on the same day in the lobby of the Bar Harbor Inn in the lovely seaport town of Bar Harbor. At 1:00 p.m., join your VBT Local host for a Welcome Orientation and head out on a short ride.

Today’s Ride Choices

Bar Harbor to Schooner Head — 8.3 miles

What to Expect:

Ride to Schooner Head Scenic Overlook along paved roads and enjoy the lovely ocean views before returning the way you came.

After breakfast, catch a morning bike ferry (45 minutes, tickets not included in tour price) across Frenchman Bay to Schoodic Peninsula (for guests traveling with their own E-bike, please note that E-bikes currently are not allowed on this ferry, an alternative ride from Bar Harbor is provided), the only section of the park on the mainland. This less-trafficked area is a favorite for locals. You’ll ride along the shoreline through classic Down East fishing villages, enjoying the sights and sounds of sea birds, crashing surf, and working lobster boats as you ride to wherever you choose to stop for lunch. Enjoy the peace and serenity of Schoodic Point before riding back to Winter Harbor for the return ferry (45 minutes) to Bar Harbor where you’ll find several delightful options for dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Schoodic Loop — 13.4 miles | Schoodic Loop and Corea — 24 miles | Grindstone Neck Loop — 5.4 miles | Witch Hole Pond loop (ALT ride for E-bike riders with their own E-bike) — 8.7 miles

What To Expect:

Schoodic Loop — 13.4 miles

Begin your day with a 45-minute ferry from Bar Harbor across Frenchmen Bay to Winter Harbor, on the Schoodic Peninsula. Here, you will experience rural riding on the mainland while remaining in Acadia National Park. After leaving Winter Harbor, at just over a half mile you turn due south on the peninsula, reaching the southernmost Schoodic Point at about 6 miles. You then follow the east side of the coast, and loop back toward Winter Harbor at 11 miles, then under 3 miles back to the ferry.

Schoodic Loop and Corea — 24 miles

Begin your day with a 45-minute ferry from Bar Harbor across Frenchmen Bay to Winter Harbor, on the Schoodic Peninsula. Here, you will experience rural riding on the mainland while remaining in Acadia National Park. After leaving Winter Harbor, at just over a half mile you turn due south on the peninsula, reaching the southernmost Schoodic Point at about 6 miles. You then follow the east side of the coast and reach Corea at 16.5 miles, where you may choose to have lunch. The return route is due west, 8 miles directly across the peninsula back to Winter Harbor.

Grindstone Neck Loop — 5.4 miles

Begin your day with a 45-minute ferry from Bar Harbor across Frenchmen Bay to Winter Harbor, on the Schoodic Peninsula. Here, you will experience rural riding on the mainland while remaining in Acadia National Park. This short loop takes you from the ferry through Winter Harbor and down to Grindstone Point for lovely views of Mt. Desert Narrows and back through Winter Harbor. Add it on to one of the Schoodic Point loops or as a standalone ride.

Witch Hole Pond loop — 8.7 miles

Depart the Bar Harbor Inn skirting the edge of town and joining the Carriage Roads at the Duck Brook Carriage Road trailhead. A counterclockwise loop provides views of Witch Hole Pond and surrounding wetlands with an option to stop at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center before returning to Bar Harbor.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s route biking Acadia National Park passes Compass Harbor, site of George Dorr’s Old Farm ruins. If you wish, a short hike (one-mile roundtrip) takes you to Dorr Point with views of Compass Harbor and the Porcupine Islands. Continue on the Park Loop to Sand Beach, where you can relax on the shore. After the Fabbri Memorial Picnic Area, you may cycle back to Bar Harbor or, for additional miles, continue on the Park Loop Road past Cadillac Mountain Summit Road. If you’re feeling strong and want to bike to the summit, the road is a steady ascent of 1,000 feet in 3.5 miles but the view from the top is worth the effort. Be forewarned that unless you go early in the morning, the road may be busy with cars. This afternoon, you may choose among several activities (at your own expense) including sea kayaking in Frenchman Bay or a sunset cruise on the schooner Margaret Todd. You may also decide to spend time browsing Bar Harbor’s charming gift shops and boutiques.

Today’s Ride Choices

Park Loop Road to Sand Beach short option — 14.4 miles | Park Loop Road base of Cadillac Mountain long option — 22.6 miles | Long Option with out-and-back ascent of Cadillac Mountain Road — 29.6 miles

What to Expect:

Today features a nice ride along the Park Loop Road to Sand Beach where you can spend time on the sand or hike along the cliffs. You’ll return to your cycling route on Park Loop Road and visit Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and Fabbri Memorial.

The long option continues past the Fabbri Memorial Picnic Area on the Park Loop Road passing Bubble Rock and the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road, back to Bar Harbor.

Long option plus Cadillac Mountain Ascent: If you love to climb, at mile 18.1, you can add a seven-mile roundtrip pedal up and back down Cadillac Mountain Road for an elevation gain of 1,000 feet and spectacular views.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning, you can choose to ride the carriage trails one last time for a loop around Eagle Lake or a shorter option around Witch Hole Pond from your hotel in Bar Harbor.

For suggestions on traveling from Bar Harbor, please refer to your VBT Handbook. If you arrange for private transportation to Bangor International Airport, travel time from Bar Harbor is approximately 1.25 hours. For this reason, we suggest leaving a minimum of three hours before any flight departure.

Today’s Ride Choices

Witch Hole Pond loop — 8.7 miles | Carriage Roads to Eagle Lake — 15.9 miles

What To Expect:

Witch Hole Pond loop — 8.7 miles

Depart the Bar Harbor Inn skirting the edge of town and joining the Carriage Roads at the Duck Brook Carriage Road trailhead. A counterclockwise loop provides views of Witch Hole Pond and surrounding wetlands with an option to stop at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center before returning to Bar Harbor.

Carriage Roads to Eagle Lake — 15.9 miles

Depart the Bar Harbor Inn skirting the edge of town and at 3.4 miles, you’ll merge with the carriage roads of Acadia National Park joining a loop around Eagle Lake that brings you back along the carriage roads and past Breakneck Ponds and back to Bar Harbor.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Reviews
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We thoroughly enjoyed our self-guided VBT Acadia National Park cycling trip. This was our first self-guided cycling experience and this location was perfect. The GPS worked really well and, as expected, the bicycles were great. We were able to explore at our own pace having ample opportunity to improvise. The Carriage Roads within Acadia are a pure joy. The scenery was absolutely stunning. The accommodations were both wonderful. We highly recommend the self-guided cycling trip in Acadia National Park.

Randee R, Skokie, IL

Maine: Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

First time in Maine had a Great time. Anne and Barb are excellent guides very informative of the region and did a wonderful job keeping us safe. The group was so pleasant. Beautiful scenic rides with delightful food.

Erin, New Mexico

Maine: Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

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