Seeing this bridge was a nice surprise as we made our way from the shore of Jordan Pond up the Deer Brook Trail toward our ultimate goal, the summit of Sargent Mountain. When we visited, the water in the brook itself was relatively low making it easy to cross, and stopping here to admire the view gave us an opportunity re-charge our batteries before taking on the strenuous East Cliffs Trail which intersects just a little further up the Deer Brook Trail.
This 140 foot long bridge has two tall rounded arches that each span 8 feet. These beautiful arches are separated by a strong central column that is home to a circular carving of the year the bridge was built… 1925. As with most of the incredibly ornate bridges found throughout the park, Deer Brook Bridge blends effortlessly into the surroundings, testament to the design and intent of its creators.
There are 17 stone-capped bridges scattered all over the 45 miles of Acadia carriage roads, and each one has its own unique character and design. The architecture of these bridges absolutely fascinates me, and I am planning a project where I will visit and photograph each of them sometime in the next year. Imagine how different this scene would be when the fall foliage hits its peak!