Bar Harbor Hiking Trails, Maine Hikes

Acadia National Park
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Backpacking and hiking in and around Bar Harbor includes a span of 45,000 acres and 1,530 vertical feet in which to experience diverse ecosystems on the rugged Maine coast.

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  • Hiking near Bar Harbor Maine includes 45,000 acres of park Trails.
  • There is a trail for every age, skill level and ability.
  • Overnight hiking or backpacking is not permitted within the park.

From rocky sea level coastline to Cadillac and Sergeant Mountain to Schoodic Peninsula, take in the lakes, streams, wetlands, forests, meadows, and beaches that span over Acadia National Park’s 120 miles.

Where to Go Hiking

These various hiking trails range from short, level walks at places like Sieur De Monts to the more strenuous walk of Precipice Trail. There is a trail for every age, skill level and ability. Overnight hiking or backpacking is not allowed within the park.

  • Acadia Mountain Trail is near Echo Lake and offers great views of Somes Sound.
  • Cadillac Summit has marked paths that are appropriate for all levels of hiking.
  • The Ocean Path is also a level family friendly trail offering scenic ocean views.
  • Bear Brook Trail is more strenuous.
  • Access Champlain Mountain for a great view of Frenchman’s Bay.
  • The Bar Harbor Shore Path is a family friendly hike as well as the Great Meadow Loop at Sieur De Mont Springs.
  • Eagle Lake, Flying Mountain, and Great Pond and Jordon Pond are also popular trails.

Some Trails are more like rock climbing than hiking so it is best to plan your hike route in advance. Take advantage of the friendly and knowledgeable park rangers at the information centers to help with planning.

When to Hike

Hiking is a year round activity however it is best enjoyed in good weather during the summer season.

Other Hiking Resources

The American Hiking Society

Find trails, hiking events, and local hiking clubs through the American Hiking Society.