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Acadia National Park, Maine

Looking for the best hiking in Acadia National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Acadia National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Hike the Bubbles Divide Trail to Bubble Rock in Acadia NP

    4.7
    1.16 mi / 300 ft gain
    Bubble Rock is a well-known natural wonder in Acadia National Park.  This large boulder, which was carried by powerful glaciers, is resting precariously on the edge of the summit of South Bubble.  Due to its fairly accessible location, it is a common stop for visitors to the park. The trail begi...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Hike Parkman Mountain

    4.0
    3.06 mi / 748 ft gain
    Parkman Mountain is already a lesser-hiked trail in the summer, and if you snowshoe it in the winter, it is very likely you’ll have the entire mountain to yourself. It offers exceptional views, a good amount of exposure, and solitude that is inspiring. From Parkman Mountain Parking area, walk pa...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Hike Acadia's 6 Peak Circuit

    6.26 mi / 1373 ft gain
    Park yourself at Parkman Mountain Parking Area, a small lot located off of Route 3.  Remember to arrive early as this parking lot fills up quickly.  Load up your pack, grab your water, and maneuver your way through the carriage roads until you reach the Bald Peak Trailhead.  After a mile climb up...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Hike Pemetic Mountain in Acadia NP

    5.0
    3.81 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Pemetic Mountain is a challenging hike in the Jordan Pond area of Acadia National Park.  There are several route options to the summit, with varying levels of difficulty.  The most common route is a loop hike starting from the Jordan Pond parking lot.  This option ascends the South Ridge Trail, w...
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Jordan Pond

    4.8
    3.24 mi / 108 ft gain
    If you ever find yourself in Acadia National Park, be sure to check out Jordan Pond. Jordan Pond is a 3.6 mile long pond sitting in the heart of Mt. Desert Island. The shoreline of the pond has amazing views of the The Bubbles, which are two similar mountains that resemble "bubbles". The pond has...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Hike Sargent Mountain via South Ridge Trail

    4.4 mi / 1400 ft gain
    This has been one of my favorite winter adventures that I have had in a long time. There were gorgeous views of Somes Sound, we saw three snowy owls and there is a gorgeous  frozen waterfall on the way up to the summit! Because much of the Park Loop Road is closed in winter, we started our hike ...
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Explore Cadillac Mountain

    4.8
    0.35 mi
    Seeing the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain is an absolute must when in Acadia National Park. Not only is it awesome to catch the first sunrise in the U.S., but the views from Cadillac Mountain are unparalleled. At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic sea...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Camp at Mount Desert Campground on Somes Sound

    5.0
    Being in the center of Mt. Desert Island, you are just a quick drive to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.This campground offers waterfront and off-waterfront sites.  The waterfront is right along Somes Sound and offers amazing views at anytime of the day.  We went during off season (no reserva...
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Cadillac North Ridge Trail

    5.0
    4.15 mi / 1530 ft gain
    The Cadillac North Ridge Trailhead is accessible through Paradise Hill Road once you enter the park through the Hulls Cove Entrance. When driving on route 3 in Bar Harbor, keep an eye out for a sign that says "Acadia National Park Hulls Cove Entrance, Visitor Center Right Lane". Stay in the right...
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Summit Dorr Mountain via the Ladder Trail

    5.0
    3.6 mi / 1100 ft gain
    To find the trail head, drive out of Bar Harbor down Route 3. There are no signs for the trailhead or for parking, so as soon as you pass Tarn Lake on the right, you can pull off and park on the side of the road. Elevation on the ladder trail starts immediately and doesn't let up until you reach...
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    HIke the Dorr Mountain Loop via the Tarn Trail

    4.75 mi / 1100 ft gain
    This hike starts from the parking lot of Sieur de Monts Nature Center parking lot, walking on the Wild Gardens Path to the Tarn Trail.  This is a section of the Kane Path so you will not see any mention of a Tarn Trail on the maps for Acadia National Park. The trail runs right along the lake edge...
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Hike the Jesup Path & Hemlock Road Loop

    1 mi
    This easy hike starts over a wooden foot bridge to the left of the Wild Gardens Of Acadia.  Here you will take a right on the Jesup Path paralleling the gardens.  You will soon cross the Hemlock Road which will be where you return.  The path now becomes a boardwalk taking you along a boggy area o...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Blackwoods in Bar Harbor

    5.0
    Blackwoods Campground is one of two campgrounds located within Acadia National Park. Since the park does not permit backcountry camping, options to stay outdoors in the actual park are limited to this campground and the Seawall Campground further south on Mt. Desert Island. There are places to ca...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Off-season Camp at Blackwoods Campground

    0.75 mi
    When we saw that the weather in Acadia was going to be mid 40's and sunny in March, we decided we had to go. However, when you go in March there are a lot of different things about Acadia National Park that are helpful to know.First of all, it is recommended that you camp at Blackwoods Campground...
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Precipice Trail of Champlain Mountain

    5.0
    2.0 mi / 1000 ft gain
    The Precipice Trail is one of the most well known trails in Acadia, probably for its difficulty and the fact that it is along the exposed edge of Champlain Mountain.  Much of this trail is more of a climb rather than a usual hike.  You will have to climb and scramble over large rocks as well as c...
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Gorham Mountain Trail

    4.7
    1.64 mi / 525 ft gain
    Gorham Mountain Trail is one of the relatively shorter and easy trails in Acadia National Park, and it's a perfect morning spot to catch a sunrise in Acadia (much less crowded than the highly-visited Cadillac Mountain). To access the trail head, you'll need to drive into the park and down the Pa...
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