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Acadia National Park, Maine, United States

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.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.2 miles / 5.2 km
Duration: Half day
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Overview: This is a wonderful loop hike that will take you along the shore of Newport Cove past powerful Thunderhole and then up over the open ledges of Gorham Mountain. You will have beautiful ocean views along the entire route. When you come down Gorham Mountain to the north you can also run up the Bee Hive if you have the energy. After you descend back to Sand Beach spend some time out on the sand relaxing!

Tips: Follow the Park Loop Road in Acadia from Rte. 3 on the north side of the island to the Sand Beach Parking area.

There is a $10 per car fee to enter the park.

Points of Interest

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Sand Beach Parking Lot

Park here and head on down the Ocean Path along the coast towards Thunder Hole.
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Thunder Hole

Check out the amazing crashing waves inside this tight channel.
Junction
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Gorham Mountain Trail

Head into the parking lot from the coast and follow the trail up the south ridge of Gorham Mountain. Start heading up the trail.
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Gorham Mountain Summit

You are at the top of this 525 foot mountain that overlooks Newport Cove and Sand Beach below to the east.
Junction
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Bowl Trail Junction

Head down the Bowl Trail to the east back towards the Sand Beach Parking Lot. If you are ambitious you can head up to the top of the Bee Hive. I have another Guide for that which you can combine with this one if you are interested in some different views and extra mileage.
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Beatiful Sand Beach

After your hike take some time and relax on this beatiful beach before leaving the area.
Pictures in this guide taken by: JonathanEllinger, ahhhfresh, HughYeman, Athena, mcouperide, buckwheat_hiker

Jonathan Ellinger

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