Thing to Do

Stargazing Ocean Path

Moon-rise and Milky Way from Ocean Path

Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
Although this activity is free, a park entrance pass is required for all areas of the park from May 1 through October 31.

Access Ocean Path via the Park Loop Road. It is approximately 15 minutes from Bar Harbor.

  • By private vehicle: After passing through the Sand Beach Entrance Station, find parking either in the right hand lane or in the Sand Beach Parking Lot. Cross the road and join up with Ocean Path. The trail runs along the left side of the road.

Note: The Park Loop Road is closed from Mid-December to Mid-April.

Spring, Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Night, Dawn, Dusk
Accessibility Information
Ocean Path is mostly accessible from the upper parking lot of Sand Beach to Thunder Hole. From Thunder Hole to Otter Point, the trail becomes uneven and granite staircases help bring the trail past Otter Cliffs.

There is accessible parking at the Sand Beach parking areas as well as accessible restrooms.

Acadia National Park

Moon rise with Milky Way from Ocean Path
Milky Way over rising moon seen from Ocean Path

NPS Photo/Sardius S. Stalker

Ocean Path offers many locations and opportunities for viewing and photographing the night sky. Most locations offer views to the east and large portions of the north and south skies as well. A camp chair or cushions are recommended for comfort on the granite rocks of the coast.

Use extra caution in the dark when accessing areas in proximity to cliffs and the ocean.

Safety First

  • Careful when navigating in the dark, especially when traveling over uneven or rocky surfaces.

  • Careful when stargazing on beaches or coastlines and avoid going in the water at night.

  • Nighttime in Acadia can get colder than you might expect, so bring layers to stay warm.

  • Mosquitos are common during summer months near water sources. Come prepared with proper clothing or insect repellant for the most comfortable experience.

Last updated: September 15, 2020