Eagle Lake Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
excellent ride with the family
A popular choice in Acadia National Park, Eagle Lake is a beautiful small lake that is easily accessed and a popular choice for bikers, joggers, and hikers/walkers.
Eagle Lake is a great place for several reason, one being it is one of the key starting points for the Carriage roads. In summer and fall the Island explorer free bus system has a special van that ferry's bikes and riders from the Bar Harbor village Green to Eagle Lake, so you don't even have to drive there, catch the free van.
What many don't know is it is also a great place to fish. I have watched as nice lake trout were hauled from the waters of the lake. You can also boat on the lake as well, but swimming is not allowed because the lake a the town of Bar Harbors drinking water.
From the Eagle Lake carriage road, heading left, it is not too long of a hike to reach Bubble pond, a beautiful pond in the shadow of Cadillac Mountain, where at dusk Loons can be spotted and heard.
But Eagle Lake also has a couple of secrets. One is the steam boat that use to ferry passengers across the lake back in the days when a cog train carried people to the summit of Cadillac mountain. After the train went bankrupt, the steam boat was sunk to the bottom of the lake, where it still rests.
The other secret of the lake is the abandoned house of the Lake. Back in the late 1800's a family purchased land on the lake and started to build a house by the water. The problem was they never got permission from the town, and the town ordered the house not be built. Instead of tearing the house down, the family just left it there, where it sits today. The reason they were ordered to stop building was because the house was too close to the towns drinking water supply.
Because the path through the woods leading to the house is unmarked, it could be considered a ghost or phantom trail.
Nice carriage trail. Tip is to go before 9am as it gets really busy with heavy bike traffic.