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Biking Acadia National Park's Carriage Roads
Oil baron John D. Rockefeller Jr. was so enraptured by the beauty of the Maine island called Mount Desert that he commissioned the construction of 45 miles' worth of carriage paths on it. Today, those paths make for some of the most phenomenal crushed-stone-trail biking in the United States -- made even more gorgeous with a curtain of color from fall foliage.
Mount Desert Island is the second-largest island on the Eastern Seaboard (behind Long Island) and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The carriage trails take bikers over rustic bridges, past secluded ponds and to scenic overlooks framed by white birch, beech and maple groves.