Thing to Do

Hike Flying Mountain Loop

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This moderate hike is a great option for families with skilled, young hikers. The loop offers a short, relatively steep hike to the top of a small mountain with spectacular views of Somes Sound and descends to a quiet ocean cove with a rocky beach.

  • Distance: 1.5 miles round trip
  • Terrain: Log and gravel steps. Becoming more rugged, traversing rocks and roots. exposed ledges, rocky granite and stone steps. Flat grassy terrain between Valley Cove and the parking lot.

Hike Description

  • Start the trail at Fernald Point Road and ascend through a forest on log and gravel steps.

  • The trail becomes becomes more rugged over rocks and roots, and then ascends exposed ledges before reaching the peak. Overlooks along the way provide views of Somes Sound to the east and the ocean to the south.

  • The trail continues north along the ridge, passes the summit markers, and descends to Valley Cove over rocky ground and stone steps.

  • The trail returns through forest along Valley Cove Road (foot traffic only) to the parking area.

This hike is 1.5 miles roundtrip. Duration, or how long a hike takes, depends on your pace, how frequently you stop, and the terrain. For an average pace, this hike takes 1-2 hours. 
All ages, recommended for families with young hikers
Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
Although the activity is free, a park entrance pass is required for all areas of the park from May 1 through October 31.

The Trailhead: Where to Begin

  • Flying Mountain Trailhead

Getting to the Trailhead:

  • By car: From Mount Desert Island, follow ME Route 102 toward the towns of Somesville and Southwest Harbor. Just before reaching Southwest Harbor, turn left on Fernald Point Road. Continue on this road to a parking area on the left.

  • By bus: There is no public transportation to this trailhead.

Spring, Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Day, Dawn, Dusk
Accessibility Information
Flying Mountain Loop is not accessible. The trail has uneven footing throughout.

There are no accessible restrooms at the trailhead.

Acadia National Park

trail profile
Flying Mountain Loop

Trail Safety Tips

  • Check trail elevation profile 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 recommended because most trail surfaces are very unlevel.

Last updated: October 20, 2020