By Robert Thayer

The 3rd identify within the Acadia nationwide Park consultant sequence, Acadia's Carriage Roads covers the historical past, geology, and biology of the realm. It contains sensible suggestion and maps to assist viewers get the main from their excursions of the roads, even if walking, via 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 through philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. — are recognized in the course of the international for his or her attractiveness.

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Jordan Pond is the southern hub of the carriage-road system. A bridle path follows Jordan Stream. Jordan Pond to Little Long Pond At the end of the lake, Jordan Stream spills over a dam and passes beneath the Jordan Pond Dam Bridge. This is one of several small bridges modeled after similar structures that Rockefeller admired in New York City’s Central Park. Follow the carriage road to the left of the bridge, and bear right at the next intersection (15). A relatively steep and narrow bridle path meanders across the stream and provides an interesting alternative to the carriage road.

Note that the bridge and the road beyond this point are privately owned but are open to the public. Bicycles, however, are not allowed on this section of the carriage road. The Cobblestone Bridge was the first major structure built as part of the carriage-road system. William Welles Bosworth, a well-known New York architect who had previously done work for Rockefeller, designed it. Charles Simpson, Rockefeller’s local engineer, suggested the use of cobblestones to face the sides and line the “barrel” (exposed underside) of the bridge.

The working cells of fungi are everywhere, absorbing and decomposing the twigs, needles, and leaves that have fallen from the plants and trees above. When conditions are right, these unorganized threads combine to produce temporary structures—mushrooms—to elevate and disperse their spores. These are the only visible clues to the never-ending toil taking place beneath the surface. Eastern garter snake Life on the forest floor is slow and methodical; it is a place where the grinding forces of geology meet the persistent drive of life.

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