Hikes on Mount Desert Island


Mount Desert Island is a very popular place for hikers, particularly on the east side of the island. Plan to arrive early, have a back up plan (or two), or take the fare-free Island Explorer to various trailheads.


Hikes on Mount Desert Island

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    Hiking Rules and Regulations

    • Trail Closures are posted online and at park visitor centers.
    • Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (1.8 m) and are not permitted on ladder trails.
    • Do not feed or disturb wildlife. If your presence changes the behavior of any wild animal, you are too close.
    • Bicycles and horses are not allowed on hiking trails.
    • There is no backcountry camping. Fires are permitted only in designated areas.
    • Swimming, wading, and pets are prohibited in public water supplies. Please respect posted regulations at lakes and ponds.

    Trail Safety Tips

    • Check trail elevation profile or a topographic map before hiking.
    • Bring a map, water, snacks, compass, and extra layers for unpredictable changes in weather.
    • Reduce the chance of picking up ticks by staying in the center of the trail, and not stepping on soils and away from brush.
    • Always do a tick check after visiting the park.
    • Closed-toe, good traction shoes are recommended. Most trail surfaces are very unlevel or slippery when wet.

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    Last updated: September 13, 2022

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