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Anthony J. Bopp and Francheska Miranda, of Mahopac, NY, share this video clip from their Nov 4 trek of the Precipice Trail.

Park rangers encourage visitors to view this footage as a timely, cautionary reminder to take care on challenging trails as seasons and weather conditions change. Be prepared for early darkness. Ice grippers, cleats, and traction footwear can have little effect on slick, underlying granite surfaces. Trekking poles are highly encouraged. As winter approaches, please consider exploring Ship Harbor, Ocean Path, and available carriage roads.

 
 

Easy Trails

Relatively flat and smooth trails that can be completed by almost anyone.

Bar Harbor Shore Path (not a park trail)
Harbor and island views.
Starts/ends at: Bar Harbor Town Pier
Round-trip distance: 1 mile (1.6 km)

Wonderland Trail
Evergreen forest to rocky ocean shoreline.
Starts/ends at: ME 102A, one mile (1.6 km) south of Seawall Campground
Round-trip distance: 1.4 miles (2.2 km)


Moderate Trails

These trails cover uneven ground, but are fairly level. May have a few hills or steep sections, multiple surface types, but most people should have little difficulty completing.

Bar Island
accessible 1.5 hours on either side of low tide
Sand bar to forested island, views of Bar Harbor
Starts/ends at: Bridge Street (off West Street) in Bar Harbor
Round-trip distance: varies

Great Meadow Loop
Connects town to park through forest and meadow.
Starts/ends at: Cromwell Harbor Road
Round-trip distance: 2 miles (3.2 km)

Ocean Path
Sand Beach to sea cliffs. Be careful near cliff edges.
Starts/ends at: Sand Beach or Otter Point Parking Area
Round-trip distance: 4.4 miles (7.1 km)

Schooner Head Trail
Connects town to park through deciduous forest.
Starts/ends at: ME 3 south of Bar Harbor or Schooner Head Overlook
Round-trip distance: 5.4 miles (8.7 km)

Ship Harbor Trail
Evergreen forest to rocky ocean shoreline
Starts/ends at: Ship Harbor Parking Area on ME 102A
Round-trip distance: 1.2-mile loop (1.9-km loop)

Advanced Trails

These trails have some steep grades, and some level stretches. Most advanced trails are natural surface with more difficult hills, exposed roots or slipping hazards.

Champlain North Ridge Trail
Pine slopes, views of Frenchman Bay
Starts/ends at: Parking off Park Loop Road south of Bear Brook Parking Area.
Round-trip distance: 2 miles (3.2 km)

Beech Mountain Trail
Vista of Long Pond on the northwest route.
Starts/ends at: Beech Mountain Parking Lot
Round-trip distance: 1.1 miles (1.8 km)

Bubbles Divide Trail
Mixed forest with views of Jordan Pond and Bubble Rock
Starts/ends at: Bubble Rock Parking Area
Round-trip distance: 1 mile (1.6 km)

Cadillac North Ridge Trail
Open ascent, views of Frenchman Bay
Starts/ends at: North Ridge Trail Parking Area on Park Loop Road
Round-trip distance: 4.4 miles (7.1 km)

Gorham Mountain Trail
Forest opening to granite ascent, ocean view
Starts/ends at: Gorham Mountain Parking Area
Round-trip distance: 1.8 miles (2.9 km)

Great Head Trail
Evergreen forest along sea cliffs
Starts/ends at: Eastern edge of Sand Beach
Round-trip distance: 1.5-mile loop (2.4-km loop)

Long Pond Trail
Rocky shoreline, walk one mile and return.
Starts/ends at: South end of Long Pond (near Southwest Harbor)
Round-trip distance: 2 miles (3.2 km)

Jordan Pond Path
Rocky shoreline along water's edge, view of Bubbles
Starts/ends at: Jordan Pond North Lot
Round-trip distance: 3.2-mile loop (5.1-km loop)

Strenuous Trails

These trails include steep grades and steady climbs. Trails with iron rungs are not recommended for small children, and pets are not allowed on trails with iron rung ladders. Typically single track, natural surface, narrow trails with many hills or steep sections, tight turns, exposed roots or slipping hazards or other obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas to traverse.

Acadia Mountain Trail
Views of Somes Sound, steep descent to fire road.
Starts/ends at: Acadia Mountain Parking Area
Round-trip distance: 2.5 miles (4 km)

Beehive Trail (return via Bowl Trail)
Iron rungs on ledges of exposed cliffs. Very steep.
Starts/ends at: 100 feet north of Sand Beach Parking Area
Round-trip distance: 1.6 miles (2.6 km)

Beachcroft Path
Rocky, open slopes, rock paving
Starts/ends at: ME 3 at the north end of The Tarn
Round-trip distance: 2.4 miles (3.9 km)

Cadillac South Ridge Trail
Forest opening to gentle granite ascent, exposed ridge.
Starts/ends at: ME 3, 100 feet south of Blackwoods Campground entrance
One-way distance: 2.4 miles (3.9 km)

Dorr Mountain, Ladder Trail to Schiff Path and return via South Ridge Dorr Trail to Canon Brook Trail
Stone steps and iron rungs to open ridge and forest
Starts/ends at: ME 3, at the south end of The Tarn
Round-trip distance: 3.3 miles (5.3 km)

Perpendicular Trail on Mansell Mountain
Rocky stairs, iron rungs, views of Long Pond
Starts/ends at: South end of Long Pond (near Southwest Harbor)
Round-trip distance: 2.2 miles (3.5 km)

Precipice Trail to Orange & Black Trail
Iron rungs and ladders on exposed cliffs, very steep. Do not descend on Precipice Trail.
Starts/ends at: Precipice Parking Area.
Round-trip distance: 2.5 miles (4 km)

Sargent Mountain, Giant Slide Trail to Sargent Northwest Trail and return via Grandgent Trail to Giant Slide
Ravine, evergreen forest, steep sections to open ledges
Starts/ends at: Giant Slide Trailhead on ME 3/198 north of Northwest Harbor
Round-trip distance: 4.6 miles (7.4 km)

 

Acadia Hiking Trails

Hiking trails in Acadia National Park, for reference only. Please obtain an accurate topo map before hiking in the park.
 

Brochures and Maps

 

Closures

 

Tips and Safety

  • Be careful when hiking near cliff edges.
  • Carry water, at least 20 oz (.6 L), and more on warm days.
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes.
  • Follow blue trail blazes and use a map.
  • Do not modify or build new cairns.
  • Know the difficulty level of the trail and your physical abilities and limitations.

Leave No Trace

  • Stay on the trail.
  • Step carefully on summits.
  • Bury human waste in areas without toilets.
  • Carry out all trash, including toilet paper and cigarette butts.

Rules and Regulations

  • 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.
  • Bicycles and horses are not allowed on hiking trails.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated areas.
  • Due to the park's small size, there is no backcountry camping.
  • Swimming, wading, and pets are prohibited in public water supplies. Please respect posted regulations at lakes and ponds.

Last updated: November 27, 2017

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Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

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