Bar Harbor Shore Path is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
For after dinner walk it's a 10
Enjoyed a stroll along this path with family. At low tide, you can make your way down from the path to explore the rocky beach that gets exposed.
A great way to burn off some calories after a meal in town, with wonderful views of the harbor and bay.
Very nice morning walk.
The Bar Harbor shore path gets a lot of traffic in the summer and early fall months and for good reason, depending on the weather it can offer up breath taking views. Do you look away from the ocean at the row of expensive homes, or out to sea at fishing boats, sail boats, passing while watcher vessels, and cruise ships? Just walking slow and taking in the sweeping ocean views of the otter islands is relaxing, and there is many places to leave the path and explore along the ocean side. One of the sights you might see is the four mast schooner that anchors along the shore Path, a sight to behold when its sails are up.
What many don't know is that many years ago the Shore Path use to run all the way to Compass Harbor, but new home owners blocked a large section of the path with a wire fence, so at that point you have to either turn around and head back toward the town Pier or continue to follow the path as it turns inland and makes it way toward Main Street.
It's a shame the path no longer runs all the way to Compass Harbor because the Harbor was where George B. Dorr lived. His estate was named OLD FARM and there is a couple of paths that circle the area there. It also has two beaches. At the top of a very long set of stone steps is where the remains of OLD FARM can still be seen today.
To reach the shore Path in town, head down Main Street to the Town Pier. There is a metal fence that runs along the start of the path above the town beach. Two huge cannons over look the path as well.
To locate the other end of the path, Compass Harbor, drive along Main Street and head out of town along route 3 in the direction of Otter Creek. You will pass the Bar Harbor ball fields on the right as you leave town, and just ahead the road will begin going uphill. Look for a tiny unmarked parking lot on the left - even though this is part of Acadia National Park on this end, they do not mark it with a sign telling you its Compass Harbor. There will be a trail with a gate across it, that is the start of the compass Harbor trail.