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Walking & hiking is an exercise in natural beauty in Acadia, Bar Harbor

Hiking in Acadia National Park - Acadia Inn - Bar Harbor, ME
Acadia Inn

98 Eden Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3500 Toll-Free: 800-638-3636

Hike or bike Acadia’s trails or stroll down the streets of busy Bar Harbor: Both are close to this comfortable inn

When you hike or bike the carriage roads and trails of Acadia National Park, there’s breathtaking scenery around every corner, from fabulous foliage to jaw-dropping water views. Direct access to Acadia’s trails can be found right on the property of the Acadia Inn, your Maine vacation home away from home, sitting on four acres of land bordering Acadia and the charming coastal village of Bar Harbor. If more citified strolling is your thing, Bar Harbor offers enough interesting shops, galleries, restaurants and attractions to keep you busy. Back at the inn, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool, relax in the Jacuzzi, play bocce ball or lawn Jenga or just sit back in an Adirondack chair and relive your outdoor adventures.

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Painted Hike - Bar Harbor Villager Motel - Bar Harbor, ME
Bar Harbor Villager Motel

207 Main Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3211 Toll-Free: 888-383-3211

Walk in town or hike through a beautiful national park when you stay at this convenient hotel

Go for a walk in a picturesque coastal town or go for a hike in a breathtakingly beautiful national park – or do both when you stay at the Bar Harbor Villager Motel. Nicely situated on Main Street in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, the 52-room two-story motel is a five-minute walk to this picture-perfect town’s shops, restaurants, galleries and attractions. Or, after you pick up your grab-and-go-breakfast, you can head to Acadia National Park, just two miles away, and hike its paths and famous carriage roads. There’s something gorgeous around every turn, from colorful foliage to impressive water views. The motel has pillow-top mattresses, room refrigerators, a heated outdoor seasonal pool and free high-speed internet.

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Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor Motel - Bar Harbor, ME
Bar Harbor Motel

100 Eden Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3453 Toll-Free: 800-388-3453

Easy access to Acadia National Park’s carriage roads from this comfortable hotel

It’s hard to conjure up an image of a more breathtaking hike or bike ride than those taken at Acadia National Park, and the Bar Harbor Motel is in the perfect spot for park access. Just start strolling or cycling from the back of the property, and in less than mile, you’ll be on this magnificent park’s famous carriage roads. The views from park vantage points are remarkable, and no need to worry about bike security back at the motel: There’s a fully enclosed storage building for that purpose. Bar Harbor is also a fun walkable town, with an enjoyable assortment of shops, galleries, eateries and attractions, from mini golf and dine-in cinemas to history and natural history museums.

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Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park

19 Black House Drive Ellsworth, ME Phone: 207-667-8671

Less than a mile from Ellsworth, Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park is an estate that was once home to the Black family, and is now open to the public to enjoy its historic house museum, formal gardens, trails and walking paths, croquet courts, field and orchards. Two miles of wooded trails are open for public use every day of the year from sunrise to sunset/ People use the trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, running, and walking. Benches are provided near the lily pond and restful spots.
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Ship Harbor Trail
Ship Harbor Trail

Just east of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Route 102A Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, ME Phone: 207-288-3338

This loop trail is easy walking from the road to the ocean, through forested land. Enjoy classic views of the rocky shoreline. Bird watching is fruitful on this walk. Parking is easy and convenient. Total length is 1.3 mile.
quoddy Head Lighthouse
Quoddy Head State Park

973 South Lubec Road Lubec, ME, 04652 Phone: 207-733-0911

Magnificent views of New Brunswick; walks along cliffs; near historic lighthouse

Marvelous views and walks along the cliffs of this easternmost island in the United States. Park trail map. See full description of Quoddy Head State Park.
Ocean Path (or Ocean Trail) in Acadia National Park

Park Loop Road Bar Harbor, ME Phone:

This is an easy trail along a handsome stretch of coastline between Sand Beach and Otter Point. The path travels along Park Loop Road. The trail passes several famous spots, including Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Monument Cove, and Otter Cliff. This is a flat gravel path and the elevation gain is a mere 100 feet. The distance is two miles one way from Sand Beach to Otter Point. Note that Park Loop Road is closed December to April
Access is at Sand Beach parking lot or Otter Point parking lot.
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Acadia National Park

Route 3 Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3338

Vast national park with outdoor activities year-round on Maine coast; carriage roads, hiking and rock climbing; gardens; tidepools; camping

Lots of trails and 19th-century carriage roads lace this magnificent park. You can walk to the top of Cadillac Mountain. See full description of Acadia National Park.
Cobscook Bay State Park

40 South Edmunds Road Dennysville, ME, 04628 Phone: 207-726-4412

Camping, walking, exploration at this park on a dramatic tidal bay

Lots of hiking and walking trails are found at this interesting park on a tidal bay, with dramatic high and low tide changes. - Park Guide & Map (PDF) - Campground Map
Pigeon Hill

Pigeon Hill Road Steuben, ME Phone:

The trail up Pigeon Hill climbs steadily through open woodlands and ascends a steep rocky section before it breaks open to reveal the summit and its glorious views. It is moderate difficulty. Descending by the less steep Summit Loop Trail and the Silver Mine Trail creates a figure eight loop, provides additional views and passes an old silver mining area. The Historic Trail offers the most direct route to the top, but you can combine the Summit Loop, Ledge Woods and Silver Mine trails for a slightly longer journey. Total length of the hike is about 1.6 miles.
Jordan Pond Trail

Near Hulls Cover Visitor Center, 25 Visitor Center Road Bar Harbor, ME Phone: 207-288-3338

The trail follows the shore of Jordan Pond, offering views of mountains carved by glaciers and a sweeping valley, along with the pond itself. It is a 3-mile loop trail of moderate difficulty, and the trail is rugged in some places. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. Dogs are allowed on leash.
Getting There: From ME Route 3, turn off at the Hulls Cove entrance to Acadia National Park and the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Follow the Park Loop Road. At 2.8 miles continue straight, following signs for Jordan Pond. Use the North Lot parking area on the right just before the Jordan Pond House. Walk down the boat access to the pond. The Jordan Pond Trail crosses the boat launch. The hike can be taken in either direction. During the summer months, parking is difficult to find. Leave your car at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and take the Island Explorer Bus.
Bar Island

North of the West Street town pier Bar Harbor, ME Phone:

bridge. From the island you see a sprawling view of Mount Desert Island and the town of Bar Harbor. Before going, check for the local times of low tide and allow yourself enough time to return. You will have no more than 1.5 hours before and after the low tide to use the land bridge. Take a hiking shoes or boots. The island is great for walking and for playing on rocks and in tide pools. Tide chart.
Shackford Head State Park and Trails

Off Deep Cove Road Eastport, ME Phone: 207-941-4014

Shackford Head State Park is on Moose Island overlooking Cobscook Bay. This promontory encircles the west side of Broad Cove. Several miles of interconnected trails cross the headland. The trails range from easy to difficult. A hiking trail from the parking area leads through woods to a rocky headland 173 feet above sea level, passing several pocket beaches and protected coves.
The best shore access is at Cony Beach (by the parking area) or from the Broad Cove Trail. Opportunities to see birds and other wildlife are excellent, Shackford Head State Park is not routinely staffed; take extra precautions when you visit. Wear sturdy footwear and be prepared for uneven terrain.
Eastport Historic District

Eastportis across the bay from New Brunswick, Canada. Eastport attracts visitors who enjoy 18th- and 19-century architecture, including rstored sea captains' homes, history buffs, painters and photographer, whale watchers, and families. Local festivals celebrate spring, bird-watching, the Fourth of July, Passamaquoddy Tribal history and culture, pirate fun, salmon and a one-of-a-kind international New Year’s Eve. The walkable downtown includes 29 buildings on the National Historic Register.
Jesup Path and Hemlock Road Loop

Near Hulls Cover Visitor Center, 25 Visitor Center Road Bar Harbor, ME Phone: 207-288-3338

The Jesup and Hemlock loop is an easy walk through the Great Meadow featuring stands of birch and hemlock trees. Distance: 1.5 miles.
Getting There: From ME Route 3, turn off at the Hulls Cove Entrance to the park. Follow the Park Loop road 2.8 miles. Then turn left toward Sand Beach. Leave Park Loop Road at Sieur de Monts; take an immediate right; follow signs to the Nature Center. The walk begins to the right of the Nature Center.
Great Head Trail in Acadia National Park

Park Loop Road Bar Harbor, ME Phone:

The one-and –a-half-mile Great Head Trail is considered moderate difficulty. It loops around the perimeter of the Great Head peninsula just east of Sand Beach. Good for both adults and kids, Park in the lower Sand Beach parking area located on the left of the Park Loop Road. You also can get to the trail from Schooner Head Road outside of Bar Harbor. Granite steps lead down to the beautiful Sand Beach. This hike has views of The Beehive, Thunder Hole and the ocean.