Jessup Trail is a 2.2 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 from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 Shipping Address Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609-0177 More information: http://www.nps.gov/acad/contacts.htm
Beautiful, Simple, Easy Path! The boardwalk is great!
A very easy walk through woods, wetlands and a field. You can use this trail to access the Great Meadow Trail (heading north) or the Kane Path to the Tarn (heading south). The trail heading north from the Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center has several foot bridges and a boardwalk.
Use the Sieur de Monts Spring Parking area for access to the Jesup Trail. There are bathrooms at the Sieur de Monts Spring Parking area. Get there early. This is a popular area and there are several other trails accessible from this parking lot.
This trail is right near the Wild Gardens. I went with several birders along here. In August, we saw Hermit thrush, Black-capped chickadees, Red-eyed vireos, American redstart, Broad-winged hawk and Belted kingfisher. It's a very easy trail.
Great with dogs. Completely flat and mostly shaded. Couple side hike options that are challenging but fun if you have an agile dog.
Flat walk most of which is on the boardwalk. Can be used to walk from the Nature Center to downtown Bar Harbor.
Boardwalk, easy walk, busy area.
The Jesup path is a short trail running between the one way section of the Park Loop road to Sieur de Monts Spring and the Wild Gardens of Acadia National Park. Most people who hike it begin by the Wild Gardens. To reach the trail you need to get to Sieur de Monts Spring, either by way of the One Way section along the Park Loop Road (look for signs) or by driving along route 3 from Bar Harbor, heading toward Otter Creek.
Once at the parking lot, you want to go to the far end of the parking lot to the right, where there is a gated fire road. Follow the fire road a short ways and you will come to a four way intersection, The Jesup trail is to the right - you can't miss it because it will be the only boardwalk there. The board walk is long and runs through the woods, with places along the way to sit and rest.
At the other end of the boardwalk the trail turns to dirt and continues on toward the Park Loop road, running through a meadow and by wetlands as it does.
The trail is easy and kids seem to love running along the boardwalk. The meadow itself is great for bird watching and as you pass wet areas, look at the mud for animal tracks. Deer, rabbit and beaver tracks are often found here.
Nice. Stroll on boardwalk