Saturday, April 2, 2016


We had thought this was the Old Buckboard Road that ran up Green Mountain, today called Cadillac Mountain, which competed with the Green Mountain Railroad company to get people to the summit of the Mountain.  I am not so sure this was the buckboard road, in part because old maps show the Buckboard road running much closer to the North ridge trail.  This is way too far down the mountain side and I tend to believe this may of at one time have been an old survey road which was said to have been built in this area.  This road is not too hard to locate and is in very good shape making it fairly easy to follow.

start of one way section of Park Loop Road

As your traveling along the park loop road, you want to pull over and park in the area where the One Way section of the Park Loop Road begins.   Now walk down the one way section, keeping to the right hand side of the roadway for a short ways, until you come to a storm  drain - it also has a very large rock in front of it just inside the woods which can easily be seen from the roadway (see photo).

storm drain with large rock

From the storm drain walk straight into the woods about 2 to 3 car lengths and you come to the old road.    Back than, you had only two options to go up Cadillac Mountain, by way of train, or by way of the Buckboard Road which required you pay a fee to the owners of the road, who were not connected to the railroad company.


So once you enter the woods at that storm drain and come to the old road, it will go in two directions, one to the left leads you back in the direction of the North Ridge trail, with the old road coming out onto the Park Loop Road just before a curve in the roadway,  and a short distance beyond that curve is the parking area for the north ridge Trail.  And if you do go left, the further you go the tire marks get harder to follow.

That is not the case if you go right, the tire grooves in the earth remain easy to see, and dispite some small tree's and brush growing up in the roadway here and there, the road is almost perfectly straight.  The road was pretty wet when we hiked it, and we had to often step around wet areas, and a few places where it crossed sections of smooth granite, the granite was some what slippery.

So here at last we have the GPS numbers;

Intersection where One Way section of Park Loop Road begins;
N 44 22 522
W 068 14 041

From intersection to storm culvert with large rock
N 44 22 640
W 068 13 964

From culvert to dirt road in woods
N 44 22 629
W 068 13 944

Follow road to the right to connect to the Cadillac Summit Road.

large cave size storm drain, Cadillac Mountain Summit Road

The hike is not too long and it comes out onto the lower section of the Cadillac Summit Road by a large storm drain big enough to qualify for a cave.
Just as a side note, the old Buckboard Road was once the scene of holdup's, with a gunman nick named the Gentleman Bandit holding up passing buckboards and demanding watches, rings and money from the men.  He got the name Gentleman Bandit because he did not rob from the women.  At one time a reward of $5,000 was placed on his head but he was never captured.
From the above map you can see the route the Buckboard road took - as far as I known of there was three  roads built to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the old Buckboard Road, a survey Road and the current Summit road, the Survey road joins the Summit road at about a quarter of the way up the Summit road..
One thing we do know is that when the Green Mountain Railroad was operating the cog train up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the Buckboard road was also operating at the same time, carrying paying customers up to the summit by way of horse drawn buckboards.  I have read a piece by the park service which stated there is only one known old map that shows a road up Green mountain that has the words "Buckboard Road" written on it - I have not seen that map but would love to get my hands on a copy of it.

The above map dates back to the days when the Green Mountain Railroad was running - note the motel at the summit.  So the road leading to the summit in this map is clearly the Buckboard Road, since the owners of the Buckboard road were at war with the owners of the Railroad company.



At April 11, 2016 at 5:44 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Would this be the old U.S. Coast Survey Road?

At April 14, 2016 at 1:25 AM , Blogger J.R. Libby said...

I did consider that, but after more research I am now pretty certain it is a section of the old buckboard road that was not incorporated into the building of the Summit road.

At April 14, 2016 at 5:20 PM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Is the old buckboard road shown on any of the maps in Pathmakers (or maybe another source like Trails of History, or Martin's guide)? Just curious where I can find out more; and I want to make sure I'm looking at the correct road.

At April 16, 2016 at 7:33 PM , Blogger J.R. Libby said...

I just updated this piece with a couple maps that show the route the buckboard road took. There is only one old map, maybe two, that show the old buckboard road with it being labeled that way, I am still trying to locate a copy of that map. The last two maps I have added we know are the buckboard road because it was the only road leading to the summit of Cadillac Mountain at the time the train was running. The link I added will take you to a nice PDF download with much more information on both the buckboard road and the train. Hope that helps.

At April 21, 2016 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Thank you! I'll take a closer look this evening. I have accumulated a nice collection of this type of information but I don't think I've come across that document you linked to.

At April 23, 2016 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

This map: shows the road marked with "1 mile 307 rods" as is mentioned in the document. But I don't see the words "buckboard road" on this map.


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