Acadia National Park

Maine, United States
 (27 votes, 27 reviews)
Acadia National Park attracts more than two million
visitors each year. With many different facilities and attractions in
the park, there is something to interest everyone. Hiking, and Mountain Biking are among the most popular activities in Acadia National Park. 

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Acadia Park Loop Road
Follow the official Park Loop Road in this extensive guide of all the interesting spots to stop at and explore in Acadia
Easy
27 mi/
43 km
The Bee Hive - Acadia National Park
A steep climb to the top of this small mountain with wonderful views out over the Atlantic and surrounding Acadia hills
Moderate
2.0 mi/
3.2 km
South Bubble Mountain and Jordan Pond Loop
A short loop hike to the top of Bubble Mountain and the teetering boulder then return via Jordan Pond.
Moderate
2.0 mi/
3.2 km
Gorham Mountain, Thunderhole, Shore and Sand Beach - Acadia National Park
A wonderful loop hike that will take you along the shore of the Atlantic, over mountain ledges to end at Sand Beach.
Moderate
3.2 mi/
5.2 km
Cadillac Mountain - Acadia National Park
Be the first to see the sun rise in the United States!
Moderate
4.0 mi/
6.4 km
Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park
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n/a
0.6 mi/
1.0 km
Guides
Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park
Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, Maine, United States
 
Learn more about Acadia National Park at www.NaturePods.com
South Bubble Mountain and Jordan Pond Loop
South Bubble Mountain and Jordan Pond Loop
Acadia National Park, Maine, United States
 
Moderate: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
A short loop hike to the top of Bubble Mountain and the teetering boulder then return via Jordan Pond.
The Bee Hive - Acadia National Park
The Bee Hive - Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, Maine, United States
Moderate: 2.0 miles, Half day
A steep climb to the top of this small mountain with wonderful views out over the Atlantic and surrounding Acadia hills
Cadillac Mountain - Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain - Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, Maine, United States
Moderate: 4.0 miles, Half day
Be the first to see the sun rise in the United States!
Gorham Mountain, Thunderhole, Shore and Sand Beach - Acadia National Park
Moderate: 3.2 miles, Half day
A wonderful loop hike that will take you along the shore of the Atlantic, over mountain ledges to end at Sand Beach.
Acadia Park Loop Road
Acadia Park Loop Road
Acadia National Park, Maine, United States
Easy: 27 miles, Full day
Follow the official Park Loop Road in this extensive guide of all the interesting spots to stop at and explore in Acadia
Community Trips
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Jordan Pond - South Bubble Loop
by buckwheat_hiker on Jun 05, 2009
Seal Harbor, Maine, United States
4.1 miles
This loop of about 5 miles takes the hiker around Jordan Pond and up the west face of the South Bubble Mountain (766 feet), then returns you for lunch at the Jordon Pond House, where tea and popovers await.
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Acadia - Sand Beach and Great Head Trail
by gr8outdoors on May 16, 2008
Otter Creek, Maine, United States
2.0 miles
Walking across Sand Beach of course presented a challenge of getting KJ off the sand and ready to actualy start the hike. After about 20 minutes of "racing the waves" we finally got across the beach and started the ascent up to Great Head. Prime with outstanding views, this hike offerred a balance of woods and awesome sceneary to the North, South, East and West. On the descent, KJ...
The Tarn (Otter Creek, Maine, United States) Photo
Canon Brook Sign (Otter Creek, Maine, United States) Photo
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Cadillac and Dorr via Canon Brook Trail
by ahhhfresh on Jun 13, 2009
Acadia National Park, Maine, United States
6.3 miles
This is a hike in Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor in Maine.  It is a loop that hits the sights of Featherbed, a secluded mountain pond, the not so secluded summit of Cadillac mountain, and then down, up, and over to neighboring Dorr mountain before heading back down Dorr's southern side.  It's our longest hike to date at 6.3 miles, and quite breathtaking in sections.  I found it to be pretty challenging, though that's...
Acadia-4peaks (Hall Quarry, Maine, United States) Photo
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Acadia-4peaks (Hall Quarry, Maine, United States) Photo
Acadia-4peaks (Hall Quarry, Maine, United States) Photo
Acadia-Four Peaks
by reags on Jul 07, 2007
Hall Quarry, Maine, United States
4.1 miles
a 4mi hike over four peaks (including sargent mt, the second highest peak in acadia)
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Acadia - Ocean Trail
by gr8outdoors on May 12, 2008
Otter Creek, Maine, United States
2.0 miles
Parking at the Sandy Beach upper parking lot we started our 2 miles hike on the Ocean Trail. What an amazing hike with absolutely incredible views. Adding to the beauty was the complete isolation in the park. We saw a total of six people during the entire trek. With gorgeous views of Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Monument Cove, Otter Cliffs and the culmination at Otter Point the hike...
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Giant Slide Hike
by ahhhfresh on Sep 13, 2008
Acadia National Park, Maine, United States
4.3 miles
We had planned on doing Beehive, but it rained heavily on Friday, and so we decided the iron rungs and ladders on that trail might be too slippery and dangerous.  Instead, we tried Gaint Slide which is supposed to be especially beautiful after rains.   It was indeed very pretty, with numerous small water falls and clear mountain pools as you clamber over moss covered rocks.  It's pretty strenous, not because of grade...
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Gorham Mountain/Cadillac Cliffs
by ahhhfresh on Oct 04, 2008
Acadia National Park, Maine, United States
1.9 miles
This is a well used trail within the area of Acadia that you must pay to enter.  We made it a loop by including the Cadillac Cliffs trail with the Gorman Mountain section.  While we ascended the Gorman trail and descended the Cadillac Cliffs one, I would suggest the opposite because there is a large rock slide area that would probably be much more fun to climb up than it was to...
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Acadia - Wonderland Trail
by gr8outdoors on May 13, 2008
Wonderland, Maine, United States
1.4 miles
Setting off on our second shore trail in the Bass Harbor Head area, we immediately fell in love with this trail, or should I say the final destination. Here a perfect blend of Ocean, Granite, Seashell Beach and Harbor combine to proivde an incredible final destination for a sunset and ultimately the end of great day in the Park. With tide pools to explore, shells to collect and of course...
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Acadia - The Beehive
by gr8outdoors on May 16, 2008
Otter Creek, Maine, United States
1.1 miles
While Mommy and KJ played on the beach with their kite, bucket and shovel, Daddy decided to take the quick stroll over to the Beehive (Located just across Park Loop Road from Sand Beach) While listed as a 1.5 mile hike in the book, this short trek offered some of the most incredible views after the harrowing climb up the Beehive. With over 473 feet of elevation gain in the...
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Cadillac Mountain Summit
by buckwheat_hiker on Jun 03, 2009
Otter Creek, Maine, United States
10.4 miles
This hike of almost exactly 11 miles starts and ends at the trailhead located inside the Blackwoods Campground (A-loop) on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park.This is the Cadillac South Ridge Trail, and includes a side trail to Eagles Crag, a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern shore of the United States.Cadillac Mountain is 1,566 feet (according to my Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx.

Reviews
Box2105
Great hiking for all ages! Fall seems to be the best season.
Visited on Sep 07, 2013

by Box2105 on Apr 13, 2014
silentlucidity14
It was amazing, by far one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I recommend going down to the sandbar in Bar Harbor (outside the park). When the tide is low, you can walk across a sandbar to one of the islands, basically, you are walking on the ocean floor.
Visited on Jul 19, 2012

by silentlucidity14 on Aug 31, 2012
Aerynrox
Beautiful pine and juniper forests and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from granite ledges. Many hiking trails and wide carriage roads for cyclists. Kayaking and canoeing opportunities abound.
Visited on Jul 09, 2012

by Aerynrox on Jul 14, 2012
haridukes
Es un lugar de ensueño para el cicloturista, que quiere pasar el dia viendo paisajes maravillosos.
Visited on Jun 15, 2012

by haridukes on Jun 27, 2012
KathyKenney
too many photo ops to even begine to tell you...you gotta see it for yourself. Warning, the mountaintop can be very windy and cold even in summer.
Visited on Jun 08, 2012

by KathyKenney on Sep 12, 2013
haridukes
Lo mejor para cicloturismo
Visited on Jun 06, 2012

by haridukes on Dec 06, 2012
jpbgemail
Beautiful place! Liked Kayaking and Biking in the same weekend!
Visited on Sep 17, 2011

by jpbgemail on Sep 23, 2012
assiterk
Amazing place. Very busy as it was the height of the summer season and the weather was glorious, but on the rigourous trails I could get away from the crowds (of tourists). :)
Visited on Aug 18, 2011

by assiterk on Apr 08, 2012
dfhrace
this place is massive, i need to spend at least a week here!
Visited on Jul 22, 2011

by dfhrace on Jul 28, 2011
haridukes
Un lugar perfecto para hacer cicloturismo,
Visited on Jun 06, 2011

by haridukes on Dec 02, 2012
arumkang
Great experience. Had awesome fall foliate.
Visited on Oct 12, 2010

by arumkang on Mar 03, 2011
thebio
Great park with wonderful views! Quite busy on top of Cadillac Mountain on a nice day. Campgrounds are spectacular and very clean. We will be back!
Visited on Sep 10, 2010

by thebio on Mar 27, 2011
Damonte1
A fantastic Place to visit
Visited on Aug 07, 2010

by Damonte1 on Jan 19, 2014
exmeaguy
A must see place, great hiking, spectacular views, and Bar Harbor is a great place.
Visited on Jul 20, 2010

by exmeaguy on Sep 03, 2013
rickalleva
Just an amazing national park with way cool Bar Harbor nearby...mountains by the great rocky maine coast, bkie and hike trails and more...one of the best places to visit!
Visited on Jun 30, 2010

by rickalleva on Nov 03, 2012
noberholtz
Great location, great vacation, great experience.
Visited on Sep 15, 2009

by noberholtz on Jun 12, 2011
monica.gauba
great place for hiking and biking. Bar Habor is so chic and yet so relaxing.
Visited on Aug 01, 2009

by monica.gauba on Sep 05, 2013
nathanstrawbridge
Beautiful place with great scenery. Just bring repellent for the flies, mosquitoes and especially ticks.
Visited on Jun 20, 2009

by nathanstrawbridge on May 20, 2013
stefan222
A great place for hiking, althrough the weather is often a problem :-) The National Park Visitor Center is a "must see".
Visited on Jun 11, 2009

by stefan222 on Dec 18, 2010
MikeMcD82
It was cold but I great hike
Visited on Dec 25, 2008

by MikeMcD82 on Jul 17, 2011
gr8outdoors
Probably one of the best National Parks on the East Coast!
Visited on May 17, 2008

by gr8outdoors on Feb 16, 2011
Vistaphotography
A great experience, make sure you get to the top of Cadillac mountain for the sunrise.
Visited on May 29, 2004

by Vistaphotography on Apr 06, 2011
cranbo
Cross-country skied the carriage trails with an AMC group on Saturday, then on Sunday hiked across Eagle Lake, up Cadillac Mountain in time for the sunset, and down the auto road.
Visited on Jan 25, 2004

by cranbo on Oct 29, 2012
duniken
My wife and I worked for the park concessionaire for about 6 months in 2003. It is beautiful just about anytime and there wasn't a hike there that I didn't enjoy. Also the carriage roads make for a beautiful bike ride. We took our kids back in 2008 and my three year old hiked the Beehive with us. My wife and I would go again in a heart beat.
Visited on Apr 30, 2003

by duniken on Apr 11, 2013
THIRDSTONE
1994 is about the year I moved to Mount Desert Island, Maine. It is my home, so if you need information or photos, I might be able to help you out. Been vacationing here with my parents ever since I was a small kid and I venture out into the park with my children nearly every day.
Best time to visit Thunder Hole - as the tide is coming in, in spring or autumn to really hear the thunder of Thunder Hole.
best overall hike - the gorge. I like to hike it from the one way section of the Park Loop road all the way to the tarn and the wild gardens of Acadia National Park. The towering cliffs of Dorr mountain and Cadillac Mountain loom over you on either side - just beautiful.
Best easy hike - too many to name. I really like Wonderland a lot, because unlike Ship Harbor Nature Trail just down the road, at wonderland you can get close to the water in many places and there is a beach. I also like the compass Harbor hiking trail, but it is unmarked and hard to find. Local kids come here a lot to swim on one of its two beaches, and to party at night. The remains of Old Farm are also located here, at the top of a very long stairway through the woods. Old Farm was George B. Dorr's estate, the founder of Acadia National Park.
Lowest priced meal in town - that would be at the West End Drug Store on Main Street, they have an old fashion lunch counter to one side of the store with an old fashion soda fountain that kids love. Prices are low, menu limited, but the food is good.
Best place to enjoy a lobster dinner - there are many in town, but I would place two at the top of my list. The first would be at 1 West Street, by the town pier, called THE FISH HOUSE GRILL. They also offer up the best fish and clam chowder I have ever eaten, and they offer dinning on the waterfront.
The second location is just outside of Bar Harbor, in Hulls cove, called THE CHART ROOM. Lobster is served on a deck overlooking the ocean, and it was the spot Laura Bush chose to dine at when she took a tour of Acadia National Park.
Best bar in Bar harbor - THE THIRSTY WHALE. This bar is locally owned, open year round, and a favorite with the locals.
Best cave experience - there are many caves on the island, most not marked on any map. The easiest one to locate was abandoned by the Park service, but many people still seek it out and explore it at low tide. It is called anemone Cave, and ancient sea cave located at the Schooner Head parking lot. Take the paved walkway down to the cliffs. As soon as you reach the cliffs, you will be standing on the roof of the cave. at low tide you can make your way down and inside the cave, but it is extremely slippery inside.
The ther cave is an old bear cave that is marked on very old maps. It is also easy to find and reach. Once on the One Way section of the Park Loop road, drive past the turn off for the wild gardens and nature center, and continue under the stone bridge up ahead. Once you round a bend, you will soon come to a beaver pond on the right, and after that you will round another bend with a pull over for parking. Park here, and walk a short ways down the road, heading in the same direction as the traffic, and look into the woods for a large black area, that is the opening to the bear cave. A worn unmarked path leads to the cave.
Best campground to stay at in the park - both are very good and both have small stores nearby and coin operated showers nearby. Blackwoods Campground in Otter Creek is by reservation only and the tent sites tend to be more in the open. A major hiking trail, the Cadillac mountain southwest Hiking Trail begins directly across from the campground, and a dirt service road at Blackwoods leads to the Park loop road with high cliffs overlooking the ocean.
Seawall Campground is my favorite, located in Seawall just beyond southwest harbor, on the quiet side of the island.
Many of the Tent sites have more privacy, and the Seawall Picnic area is directly across from the campground with sweeping ocean views. Just down the road is Wonderland and Ship Harbor Nature trails, and just beyond is the Lighthouse road that leads to the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse.
And both campgrounds are serviced throughout the day by the free Island Explorer buses.

Visited on Jun 12, 1994

by THIRDSTONE on Oct 18, 2014
ljwoodman
Beautiful views. Awesome sunsets.
Visited on Jul 31, 2000

by ljwoodman on Aug 01, 2013
james.leboeuf
MANY MANY MANY TIMES. HEAVEN ON EARTH

by james.leboeuf on Jun 30, 2012

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