Bar Island Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers 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
Directions from Bar Harbor, ME: Begin on Bridge Street just off West Street. Note: Be sure to check the Town Pier tide schedule at the ocean point on West Street.
Nice short walk with great harbor views.
Nice hike and a beautiful day. Not challenging but a very nice hike.
we went off trail and hiked along waters edge. very beautiful
We took the path out to the high point on Bar Island. There is a nice view back across the harbor to town. We especially enjoyed exploring the tidal flats, finding dozens of starfish along the way. Low tide was perfectly timed for early evening, so there were lots of people with the great summer weather we also had. However, there is room to spread out along the flats and it did not feel too crowded...and much fewer people completed the trail on the island. I highly recommend this for the unique experience and the wonderful setting!
It was ok very slight incline until the top good for little kids
Cool concept that you can only reach the island during low tide and something to do if you are in Bar Harbor during low tide. Short out and back (about 1 mile total) once you get on the Island and a cool view back on the town. Be careful if you drive your car down to the parking area on the sand, I saw someone get stuck on the sand, locals told me smaller cars tend to get stuck when they turn to wide on the soft sand.
A sandbar to Bar Island appears at low tides, be sure to check tide table.