Wonderland Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bass 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.
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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
Excellent surprise trail! My boyfriend told me nothing about it, we walked a ways down a simple, well groomed trail, then boom. So much water and gorgeous rocks to climb on, with beautiful mountains in the background.
Dog friendly. Our German Shepherd loved exploring with us!
beautiful trail! we went off trail down by waters edge and climbed along rocks. absolutely beautiful!
An easy walk through the woods to the coast. Ship Harbor has more diverse scenery along the trail, but Wonderland has more areas to explore once you reach the water, including a nice sand beach.
A flat and very easy walk along a mostly gravel path through evergreen forests and over a granite ledge before to a beautiful view of the pink granite rocky coast.
There isn't much parking, and the nearest bathrooms are located at the Bass Harbor Light before or at the Seawall Picnic Area after the hike. The trail is considered wheel chair accessible, but it might not be easy. A jogging stroller would could easily make it.
Nice short relaxing hiking for a family with kids. Great views.
The Wonderland trail in Seawall, in Acadia National Park - in my opinion is far better than Ship Harbor Nature trail just down the road from it. If you have the time do both, but if time is short and you can only do one, Wonderland might be the better choice. there are several reasons I say this.
First, Ship Harbor only has a limited area where you can get close to the water and explore. Wonderland has many areas where you can explore close to the waters edge..
Second - wonderland has a beach, ship Harbor doesn't.
Third, there are not one, but two small coves at either end of Wonderland ripe for young kids to explore.
The trail starts out at the parking lot on 102A, just beyond the Seawall Picnic area and Seawall Campground. A very small area at the start of the trail passes under tree's and their roots poke up into the ath. From there the trail, which is actually an old fire road, makes a straight line for the ocean, passing through woods and open areas as it goes.
Wonderland has always been a place where hikers go off on side trips through the woods and there are several mini trails that go off in different directions off off the fire road. Most lead to dead ends, but not all of them. One leads to an old granite mining site, another leads to a small beach, and a couple lead to spots where people have done some illegal camping.
The trail is rough in places with rocks and washed out areas in the trail, so a baby stroller can be brought on it, but be prepared to carry it over some stretches of the trail, which is what we had to do.
The main trail comes to a beach at the end, with a small cove to the far right where wire lobster traps sometimes wash up onto shore. Between the beach and the cove are several tide pools to explore - baby shrimp and crags are common here.
The trail turns past the beach and comes to a loop. Going right the trail stays within sight of the ocean, before passing some old stone steps. The trail turns again and there are a few areas to reach the waters edge. Driftwood washes up here, and off to the left is a second small cove with a small beach exposed at low tide.
The trail continues, passing a short cut to that small beach, before turning again and finishing the loop.
You might catch the sight of fishing boats, sail boats, or if your really lucky see the Maine Sea Coast vessel THE SUNBEAM as it passes.
This trail can be reached by bus from the Bar Harbor village Green, for free. You want to board the Southwest Harbor Bus at the Green, and let the driver know you want to get off at the Wonderland Trail. You can wave a passing bus down for the trip back to Bar Harbor.
Nice and relaxing nature trail to the ocean. The views of the open ocean are awesome, especially at sunset. Very enjoyable after a long and difficult hike (we did it after Parkman Mountain and Bald Peak)
Nice short walk down a fire road to a rocky beach. Nice and peaceful as you pull up a rock to watch the ocean!
A nice, short trail that takes you mostly through the woods. It opens up to a rocky shore with lots of tide pools. Worth a visit if you are in the area. You can also head to Bass Harbor Lighthouse for the sunset.