Thing to Do

Hike Bar Island Trail

Acadia National Park

People walking across an exposed sand bar between an island and the mainland
Visitors walk between Bar Island and Bar Harbor at low tide

NPS Photo/Kat Connelly

Acadia National Park

Yellow warning sign about tide changes
Warning sign regarding tides before land bridge to Bar Island

NPS Photo/Lisa Girardin

Trail Safety Tips

  • The land bridge to Bar Island is exposed at low tide. The opportunity to hike occurs between the window of time 1.5 hours before to 1.5 hours after low tide.
  • 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 recommended because most trail surfaces are very unlevel.

Last updated: October 30, 2020