Schooner Head Path

EASY 6 reviews
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Schooner Head Path is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, ME 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.

5.7 miles 404 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 More information: http://www.nps.gov/acad/contacts.htm

hiking
1 month ago

Follow j Libby review and you will be amazed! Make certain to go at low tide! Easy in and out entrance on the left of the sea cave if your standing on top of it! It's a shame this isn't more accessible because of its inner beauty! It's slick there because the rocks are constantly wet! So be careful and enjoy that view! I'll leave the picture in the review!

hiking
3 months ago

An unremarkable path right by a fairly busy road. Don't bother with this one.

hiking
3 months ago

great place

hiking
2 years ago

Anemone Cave is an ancient sea cave in Acadia National Park. It, like the Great Cave and other attractions, were once the gems of the national park. Than the Park Service decided to abandon the sea cave, removing it from maps, taking down signs, and even cutting away the iron railings that help safely guide tourists down to the cave entrance. The park has sited a few reasons for abandoning the sea cave - too many people were falling and getting hurt, people were not paying attention to the tide and getting trapped in the cave - which meant they had to be rescued, and when the tide was low and you could enter the cave, people were damaging the sea life that lived in the tide pools inside the cave.
To hike to the ancient sea cave in Acadia National Park, you will need to get to the Schooner Head parking lot, off the Schooner Head Road. There are two ways of doing this.
Way one - follow the Schooner Head Road to the Schooner Head Lookout parking lot. If your on Main Street in Bar Harbor Maine, follow it out of town along route 3 - headed toward Otter Creek and Jackson Lab. Shortly after passing the Bar Harbor Ball fields on the right, the road will bgin an uphill climb, Be looking for THE SCHOONER HEAD ROAD sign on the left, follow it until you come to a four way intersection, turn left into the parking lot area.
Way two - Get onto the One Way section of the Park Loop Road and follow it, as if heading to Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. as you near the entrance fee station, you want to be in the left hand lane, because you will not be passing through the fee station. Turn onto that narrow paved road to the left, just before the fee station, drive a short ways to the four way intersection, continue straight ahead into the parking area.
Remember, this is now an abandoned trail and you will not see any signs that a sea cave is even there. Be the parking lot on the end toward the ocean, there is a sign and by the sign there is a narrow paved path that zig zags downward through the woods. Follow the path to its end where you step onto the towering cliffs - at this point you are standing on the roof of the cave - which is why many who go looking for it never find it. They stand on the roof and look this way and that for any signs of a cave and return back to their cars.
Here is where it is up to you how you will approach the cave entrance - providing you arrived there at low tide. Most people who know where it is approach the cave from the right, you don't have to go very far to the right before the entrance to the cave can be seen. If you look closely you will see where the rail fence use to be that helped people down to the cave, now your on your own - proceed slowly because some places the granite might be wet.
The second way to approach the cave entrance is from the left. Follow the narrow rough path along the top of the cliffs, moving away from the cave, until you reach a gully that leads downward and at an angle back toward the cave. When you get close to the entrance the footing here can be bad as well, with wet slippery granite. Usually there are a number of people making their up or down to the cave, so watch how others approach it.
One thing is certain, once you do reach the cave entrance, it is going to get very slippery and it is very easy to take a bad fall. slimy seaweed covers much of the cave floor and the wet granite under it is just as slippery. Huge sea shells have been found in the cave, usually right after a rough storm when the tide washes them up. The most popular thing to do is to take a photo from inside the cave looking out at sea.
I highly suggest you wear something with very good footing - if you have a pair of ice cleats, you will have no problem with the slippery surface.

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

This trail runs along the Road and is mostly flat...it is more of a stroll than a hike. The end results are good views across the bay to Lighthouse. The cave is dangerous because of it being slippery seaweed and tide related.