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Acadia National Park Hiking Trails

Bar Island Hike - This is a great hike but it is tidal dependant. You want to be sure that you check the tide schedule, as you have only 1 1/2 hours prior to 1 1/2 hours after low tide, to get to the island and back without getting wet. The view of Bar Harbor from the top of the hill is absolutely amazing. Spring time hikes include a stroll through a meadow of lupine flowers.

Gorham Mountain Trail and Bowl Loop - Moderate hike of 4.5 miles (round trip) with an elevation change of 525-feet. Highlights include scenic views, a pond for swimming and looking for beavers,ancient sea caves, and a naturally formed tunnel.



Great Head Trail - Moderate hike of 1.5 miles (round trip) with an elevation change of 145 ft.This is a very scenic hike along the rocky shoreline starting at Sand Beach and ending at Great Head.




Ocean Trail - Easy hike of 4 miles (round trip) with an elevation change of 110 ft. This path running between Sand Beach and Otter Point provides beatiful scenic ocean views, but during the busy summer months can often be rather noisy due to its location alongside the Park Loop Road. Be sure to stop at Thunder Hole and Monument Cove along the way!

Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail - Moderate hike of 2.2 miles. This hike features open ledges and views toward Bar Harbor. It primarily follows the road bed to Cadillac's summit.
Cadillac West Face Trail - Strenuous hike of 2.8 miles (round trip). This steep climb goes up the western slope of Cadillac Mountain and begins at the eastern shore of Bubble Pond.

Cadillac Mountail South Ridge Trail - Strenuous hike of 7.4 miles (round trip) with and elevation change of 1,430 ft. One of the longest hikes on the island with non-stop sweeping and spectacular views. The Featherhead and Eagles Crag provide points of interest along the way.



Dorr Mountain: Kurt Diederich Trail - Strenuous hike of 1.5 miles. This outstanding trail takes you up granite steps and across granite ledges to the summit of Dorr Mountain. It provides breathtaking views of Frenchman Bay and access to hikes that connect it to Cadillac Mountain.


Tarn Trail - Moderate hike of 1.2 miles. This trail rolls through meadows, past beaver ponds, and through woods along Otter Creek.





The Beehive Loop - Strenuous Hike of 1.5 miles (round trip) with 542 ft. of elevation change. This steep ascent hugs the cliff face and utilizes ladder rungs as hand and foot holds. It also comes with fantastic views of Frenchman Bay.





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