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.