The Final Two…………bridges, that is.
I am happy to report that I have finally seen ALL 17 of Mr. Rockefeller’s bridges, and hiked all but 8 miles (out of 57 miles) of the carriage road system.
These last two bridges are located on what is commonly known as the Jordan Pond/Sargent Mountain carriage road. Reaching them is a steady two + mile gradual uphill hike, but the payoff is worth it. Both bridges are lovely, and the Deer Brook Bridge is especially stunning in its design and setting. The mist and fog on this day made for an “otherworldly” setting in which to observe them.
Deer Brook was running especially fast and high from the rain we received on Monday, and it made for beautiful scenery.
The two bridges were built within a year of one another, with Deer Brook Bridge being built in 1925 and Chasm Brook bridge in 1926. The date stone on the Deer Brook Bridge was unique, the only one I’ve seen (or noticed) that is round. It’s a little tough to read in this photo, but you get the idea.
After being completely charmed by the bridge and waterfall at Deer Brook, I hiked on to Chasm Brook. Much less grand in stature, it is charming in a much more humble way. What really impressed me about this bridge is how it seems to spring out of the rock face, which you can see in the 2nd photo, below.
The carriage roads and the bridges that grace them are one of the many things that make Acadia unique among America’s national parks. I know I will continue to visit and enjoy the wonderful legacy of Mr. Rockefeller and his roads.