Bar Harbor

Located on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is your gateway into Acadia National Park. Sitting on the edge of this geologically unique granite intrusion, this colonial town offers both a historic introduction into the park and a practical start to outfitting for Maine's premier coastal adventure.

Top Adventures in Bar Harbor

  • Walk the Bar Harbor Shore Path

    The Bar Harbor shore path is a simple walking trail that runs along the eastern shore of Mt. Desert Island. There's little to no elevation change since it's on the water's edge, but the views of this picturesque harbor are always worthwhile. Despi...

    1.5 miles 30 ft gain

  • Hike the Bar Island Trail in Acadia NP

    The Bar Island Trail is something I was a little hesitant to do at first, mainly because of my tendency to wander and take a lot longer on a trail than I anticipate. This trail is unique in that you can only access it and Bar Island at low tide by...

    1.9 miles 160 ft gain

  • Hike Up to Cadillac Mountain Through The North Ridge Trail

    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 Entra...

    4 miles 1530 ft gain

  • HIke the Dorr Mountain Loop via the Tarn Trail

    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 Natio...

    4.75 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Hike the Jesup Path & Hemlock Road Loop

    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 b...

    0.8 miles

  • Summit Dorr Mountain via the Ladder Trail

    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 start...

    3.6 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Explore Cadillac Mountain

    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...

  • Hike the Precipice Trail of Champlain Mountain in Acadia NP

    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 t...

    2.5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike the Bubbles Divide Trail to Bubble Rock in Acadia NP

    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 com...

    1 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike the Beehive Trail, Acadia National Park

    This 1.6 mile round trip trail starts with a moderate grade as you leave the sand beach parking area. After a half a mile you will see a rock pile and you have the option of heading strait for the slower sloping (but less views) trail ahead of you...

    1.6 miles 512 ft gain

  • Hike to The Bowl in Acadia NP

    The Bowl is a small pond nestled in the mountains of Acadia National Park.  Although it is a great way to relax after completing the challenging Beehive Trail, it can also be reached via a less strenuous out-and-back hike that is just under 1.5 mi...

    1.5 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike the Great Head Trail in Acadia NP

    To begin the Great Head Trail hike, you'll want to park at the parking lot for Sand Beach located on the Park Loop Road. From the parking lot, you will cross the beach entirely, which is a nice morning walk in itself, especially on the foggy days ...

    1.5 miles 275 ft gain

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      Schoodic Woods Campground

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