Hiking opportunities at Acadia are seemingly endless on more than 150 miles of trails. Immerse yourself in forests, walk along rocky coastlines, or stand on exposed mountain tops — sometimes all in one hike.
Hiking trails at Acadia pass through a variety of environments. Some stay in forested areas or along the coastline, while others outline lakes, rise through the trees, and walk along cliffs to mountain tops. You will even find some hikes fall into all three categories.
Want to stand on top of Acadia's mountains? Check out hikes with lots of elevation gain, stairs, ladders, and more.
Enjoy seeing a trail twice? Check out a few out-and-back options. Do you want different views the whole way? Luckily, most hikes are loops or can be turned into them by linking together various trails. Some are even recommended as loops for safety based on steepness, iron rungs and ladders, or cliffs.
Loops and Lollipops
Many hikes at Acadia are loops or can be linked together to create one. Others form a "lollipop" shape.
Out and Back
Return the same way you came on these out and back trails.
Some routes in the park are part of a impressive historic trail network that stretches across Mount Desert Island.
Check out hiking options based on what parts of the park you decide to visit.
By Public Transportation
Leave your car behind and ride the fare-free Island Explorer to a number of trailheads. This helps reduce congestion on park roads and in parking areas. Familiar with the park already? Create longer hikes using different drop off and pick up locations. Always check bus routes and schedules before trip-planning.
Hiking Rules and Regulations
Tips and Safety
Leave No Trace
Acadia National Park is committed to promoting Leave No Trace and encouraging visitors to minimize their impact during their visit.
Last updated: June 12, 2021