The Star Point is a unique formation of rock. During high tide the hole is under water. You can reach it by being a guest in a hotel at Salisbury Cove and then hike the shoreline to find it. This area I have read is a place where Native Americans still have ceremonies. They believe there are special powers here. I tend to agree.
We decided to try to make it up the mountain again this year on the sled. We got about six miles up and the sled just stopped. Last year we tried heading up the mountain too but was only able to make it 3 1/2 miles up and the sled quite...we were unable to make it and got towed down by friends, per my post for February 2017. This year there were many helpful people that offered to help us back down the mountain...again. Next year I'm going to bring my Yamaha. Not sure but I would guess that Dave's sled just can't do the altitude. I sure did want to see the view from the top this year. Everyone that came back down said it was so frigid they could barely take their glove off for a picture the wind was so strong...I would have liked to experience that feeling none the same.
We have read about a fresh water lake pretty close to downtown Bar Harbor. It is not a lake that the Park promotes to tourists but if you know where it is your one of the lucky ones. We normally would not have gone down Crooked Road except for the detour this year because of the road repairs, but so happy we did. I remember reading about this lake but never knew exactly where it was. While driving I noticed the Lakewood Pond Road sign the PVT at the end of the sign confused me some but as we drove up the dirt road to check it out I then realized it was part of the Acadia National Park, because of the sign stating it being part of the park and it the hours the lake was open. It is a quiet part of the park. Little did we know what little treasures were hidden here. The first time Dave and I drove through we parked the truck and we walked down to the water. You can't drive right up to the water. It's a little walk through some shady trees and a nice path to get there. It was a very peaceful place. All we needed was a chair to sit by the water and a good cup of hot coffee, neither did we bring with us that day. We left there swearing we would come back soon because I read on line that there was also a secret little pond within a short hike called Fawn pond. What we didn't know at the time though was both Lakewood and Fawn Pond had a nice history to them.
We went a short distance toward the Dam on the right. When we got to the entrance of the dam, we took the left. The road we took was just before the bridge in the on the loop road. The road left had a gate on it restricting vehicles from entering. Continuing a short distance lead us back on Route 233. To the right was a guard rail on the road and from where we stood a short distance down we could see the Duck Brook Road sign.
We crossed the road and went left a very short distance. Just off the road was an old trail heading into the woods. Sometimes there is debris at the mouth of the road but today it was clean.
Just after we started walking on this trail I looked to my right and started seeing concrete foundations. Inside the "foundation" wall was sandy mossy ground, trees and shrub were growing inside and on the ends of the concrete wall we found old rock/brick wells with pipe holes inside them. The wells were shallow and dried up and crumbling. in 2016 I started reading about the history of Eagle Lake so I knew it was a water filtration system to supply Bar Harbor with drinking water back in 1901
following each system we counted three leading up to the stone tower
The old cast metal hose no longer in use. It has been replaced with poly pipes
Directions to the 700,000 gallon water reservoir and 500,000 gallon metal tank
When Dave and I found the abandoned stone water tower trail close to Eagle lake along with the water filtration system that was used at the time to supply the drinking water from Eagle Lake to Bar Harbor in the late 1800's when Bar Harbor was a summer place for the rich and famous, the early Rusticans and the Philanthropists. Today thanks to posts from J R Libby from his Abandoned Trails post we followed his directions back to the Duck Brook Road and parked at the Duck Brook turrets bridge. Dave and I have biked and hiked Witch Hole times before and didn't realize what was located right under our noses. So today we were on a mission to find the abandoned 700,000 gallon water reservoir and 500,000 gallon metal water tank sitting somewhere on a hill as shown from maps in my July 2016 blog. Driving down the Duck Brook Rd until we got to the swamp where the beaver house is located on the left hand side of the road and that same side the water pump station, we parked on the right side of the road where other vehicles were parked. We were planning on finding both today. Instead of going across the bridge which takes you on a nice bike trail around Witch Hole Pond, today we went straight on the bikes. The road is closed to cars but bikes are allowed. We went right by the abandoned water reservoir the first time and biked around to the Park Loop Road to the bridge and found ourselves on top of the same bridge we were a short while ago underneath. On top was where I thought the reservoir was but not finding it, we retraced our tracks back under the bridge and once I looked at the map again we found we had gone right by it the first time...trying to be more observant when we retraced our track, knowing it had to be right in that general direction by the bridge, because when we were on top of the bridge Dave noticed the trail lead down the side of the bridge we could have saved ourselves time and work if we would have just walked our bikes down the slope of the bridge. Once back under the bridge I looked up to my left and noticed the rocks looked to be formed and rather man-made. Dave headed up the little hill and sure enough there it was.
behind us on the other side of the bridge toward the left we headed up the hill toward the right.
This reservoir was abandoned around 1928. At that time trees were the only thing filling this space. It was abandoned presuming it was worn out and leaking badly
This area burned in the great fire of 1947, as seen today by the charred remains of the trees inside the dried up stone reservoir
below are the new water lines pumping water to Bar Harbor-Dave and I checked out a few side trails and found these new pipes.
Once back to the truck. We walked to the water pump station and across the road from the pump house there were two paths going uphill. One had a big gate on it and in the distance we could see a wire fence. This is not the path we took. I believe it is the new tank that is in use up in that direction. Walking a little further same side of road we noticed what looked like another overgrown path heading up the hill. Getting close to it we found an old rusty chain hooked to the trees. We followed this path up the hill. The path opened up somewhat and was easy going. It was a short distance but all uphill
The 500,000 gallon water tank was build in the 1930's to replace the old water reservoir we just visited today. This was also found by directions from J R Libby
The elevation of this tank is at the base 325 feet above the pump house. The water couldn't gravity feed because of the incline so pumps were used at night to fill it during the peak summer months when water was in much demand from the booming tourist season. In 2001, another 500,000 concrete tank was built near this 1935 tank the one I believe is gated and fenced off. The purpose of the new tank was to further increase the contact time between the chlorine and water before it reaches the town. The tank behind us today is abandoned but looks to be in great shape as it sits on top of Great Hill.
Dave and I ride our bikes around Witch Hole Pond often and ride right by this place. Like most happy little things that we find while ON FOOT are the unusual, historical, unique, lost places. All we need is a general location and a good sense for adventure.
We decided to hike Little Long Pond today toward the Rockefeller boat house. There were many dog owners walking their dogs. This is a great dog walk park. Rockefeller loved dogs and the dogs share this path with humans. Many were taking a dip in the lake today...the dogs I mean, not the humans. Dave and I checked out the boat house, the only part of the Rockefeller Mansion left now. At the boat house people come here and picnic and swim on warm days. It is very inviting.
In 1993, the Rockefeller's property was placed under a conservation easement held by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, ensuring that it wouldn’t be built upon in the future.
Little Long Pond and 1,000 acres of carriage roads and hiking trails joining each other between Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor with the road to the Acadia National Park just a skip down the road. You can walk the Richard Trail, Eliot Mountain trail, check out the Thuya Rustic Lodge, and the Thuya Gardens. The Asticou Gardens are within walking distance via the road or through the woods.
Little Long Pond was owned by the Rockefeller family for multiple generations, the land has long been open to the public and Thuya Lodge was built and owned by Charles Savage...truely a must see. Don't be in a hurry when you go. Other trails connect to walk to Jordan Pond, Cedar Swamp and Penobscot Mountains.
Dave and I decided to continue walking on the carriage road hearing stories from people that earlier this day Martha Stewart rode by in her carriage. While we were walking not really knowing where we were going just that we were on the carriage road heading toward Northeast Harbor and Thuya Gardens we came up to a cross way going left that lead to Jordan Pond, hikers coming from that direction said was approx. a mile away. To the right we were pleasantly pleased to see an unusual bridge built in 1917, the only cobblestone and oldest of Rockefeller's bridges on the island. Jordan Pond stream flows beneath it. It was just a joy to find. We must have spent over an hour just sitting there and marveling at its beauty. We continued a few more miles and found ourselves in Northeast Harbor in the parking lot for Little long pond where we parked our car earlier today.
While on Little Hunter Beach, Bar Harbor in 2017 trying to make the most of our wonderful camping trip and wanting to see all there is to see, here we were looking for heart rocks. I love this beach. The stones were singing in the tidal waves their peaceful music. Our Acadia National Park Junior Rangers understand the value of leaving these stones where we found them but sure did enjoy looking for special shapes and sizes while we were here. A great educational spot
To get to the ice cave take the Golden Road in Millinocket to Abol Bridge (about 19 miles). Just after crossing the Abol bridge (this is a one vehicle assess bridge) turn left on the dirt/sandy road just after crossing the bridge you will have an amazing view of Mount Katahdin and the rapids and then follow the road about 3 miles. At the fork in the road the right goes to Hurd Pond Access you want to bear left and drive a little bit longer maybe a mile and park on the right before the bridge that is gated off, you can't go any further at this point. The parking area is noted with a sign stating Ice Caves Parking Area. Walk across the bridge and the trail starts on the left at the sign that says Ice Caves, Scenic Lookout and 1st Debsconeag lake. The trail is well marked with blue paint on the trees and rocks.
Debsconeag means “carrying place,” named by the native people for the portage sites where they carried their canoes around the rapids and waterfalls.
.At one mile there is a sign pointing to the .2 mile scenic lookout.
The lookout is on top of a cliff...with a very steep drop off...so safety is important. The view is a must to see. At the sign if you took a left it leads to the caves, toward the arrow is the lookout cliff. We went to the lookout first because there were already others heading toward the caves at the moment.
Today we went to Acadia National Park to give our new bikes we bought at the Bar Harbor Bike Shop a good workout. We drove West on Route 233 just past Eagle Lake and on the left at the Park entrance just after the overpass was the entrance we were looking for. The park gate was still closed and we could see that it was a very busy area as we had a hard time finding a place to squeeze our truck into. Seems everyone else had the same idea as we did. The day was warm with a slight breeze. The park loop road was great, no snow or ice left that was there the week before when we checked it out. On the bikes, I quickly found the road had lots of up hills and downs. Mostly ups though. Just before the second pull over to look down toward Eagle Lake I noticed the water falls were gushing. We had our bikes so didn't follow it down today. Last year we did follow the falls down to the Eagle Lake carriage road and the falls were well worth the trip down. The carriage roads are closed to bikes and people for the moment. Lots of ice melting everywhere. Eagle Lake was open except for a few icy areas hanging on to winter I turned around from where we stood to take a look at the trail going up the side of the hill, it is at this point that the Green Mountain Railway went up to Cadillac. It's an old hidden trail but following it a bit last year we found many areas where there were the railroad spikes everywhere and I have read that if you follow the trail further up the mountain, there are tracks still embedded in the rock and ground. That will be on my bucket list for this year.
I wondered if this person was related to George Dorr's family
very old but regularly visited graves in this yard . Well taken care of