Cobblestone Bridge, Acadia National Park, Maine

One of the striking features of Acadia National Park are its many carriage roads with sixteen stone bridges, constructed from hand-hewn local granite in the early 1900s. 


"Cobblestone Bridge," downstream perspective


The Cobblestone Bridge spanning Jordan Stream was the first one built in 1917. It was designed by William Welles Bosworth, an architect who had previously been employed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Sr. A carriage road engineer, Charles Simpson, suggested that rounded boulders be used for the facing in order to give the bridge a natural look so that it blends harmoniously with its surroundings; John D. Rockefeller, Jr. agreed.


"Cobblestone Bridge," Upstream View


Streams and waterfalls are best captured on cloudy days, and we shot this location on a rainy day after Hurricane Irene hit the coast. The bridge is reached by an easy hike approximately 0.6 miles along Jordan Stream, which begins at the southern aspect of Jordan Pond just to the left of Jordan Pond House Restaurant. As one walks along, there is wonderful natural detail to be admired, whether in various mushrooms, mosses, tree roots or textures of rocks.  The iconic images of the bridge are typically just upstream of the bridge, as you may see in my third photograph (above). However, it is always very rewarding to explore the location you are shooting, and I really enjoyed the downstream view as well.


"Change of Seasons," along Jordan Stream, Acadia National Park


All images are ©2011 Alexander Filatov Photography. All rights reserved.

  • sj adriano

    incredible blog and images for one of best kept secret of acadia! this is a wonderful place often missed by acadia park goers. i love the perspective and the upstream and downstream version. great job alexander!

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