Similar in design to the Little Harbor Brook and Jordan Pond Dam bridges, the elegant little Hadlock Brook Bridge was completed in 1926 and is located along the Upper Hadlock Pond carriage-road loop. Several parking areas provide relatively easy access, including the Parkman Trailhead, the Upper Hadlock Pond parking area, and even the Brown Mountain Gatehouse parking area further to the south. You can hike or bike the carriage roads directly to the bridge, or hikers can get to the bridge via the Hadlock Ponds Trail or a longer loop along the the Hadlock Brook Trail (which links to Waterfall Bridge and Hemlock Bridge as well). Please note that most of Hadlock Brook's flow comes from spring runoff, so the waterfall is sometimes just a trickle during the drier months later in the year.
To navigate the trails and carriage roads of Acadia and find the classic stone bridges, get a copy of the wonderful Map Adventures Acadia National Park Trail Map or Diane Abrell's Carriage Roads of Acadia: A Pocket Guide. And for more in depth information on the construction and history of the bridges, please see Robert Thayer's Acadia's Carriage Roads book.
|A misty day at the elegant little Hadlock Brook Bridge. BUY PHOTO|
|One of the numerous brook crossings along Hadlock Brook Trail. BUY PHOTO|