Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Acadia National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nice trail but not one of the best

hiking
2 months ago

We had a great little hike on this trail with our dogs. Having full access to water for them on a hot day was perfect and the mostly flat trail was great for our older dog. We did the full loop around the pond and it took about an hour and a half. This trail is part of a really neat trail system and nature preserve with many other trail options/carriage roads in the immediate surrounding area. Ended the hike with a doggie play session at the little dog swimming and play area near Route 3, and finished with a trip across the road to enjoy the ocean!

Gorgeous views from the summits

hiking
3 months ago

Hadn’t planned on hiking this, but since it led back to where I parked ... was definitely better than walking on the Loop Road shoulder.

The view from the top is fabulous! There are two beautiful lakes to see. No guardrail, so hang onto your kids!

Acadia's Park Loop Road is the perfect introduction to this 47,000 acre park. Much of it is one-way traffic.

road biking
3 months ago

This is a road biker paradise.. Parked @Sand Beach lot... Began the 22 mile loop there @8am... It has it all, scenery, well paved roads, some challenging hills... About 17 miles of the loop is a 2 lane one way traffic so plenty of room to bike...you also have the option of adding Cadillac mountain summit (extra 5.5 miles), very challenging, all uphill and the downhill can be treacherous, too many tight turns and you'll be slamming on your brakes all the way down with a huge intersection at the bottom.... All said, at least the loop is a must.

very easy. great scenery.

Great short hike. Surprise climb at the summit. Very rewarding!

Beautiful, shaded trip through a thickly wooded area beside the pond. Lots of tree roots along the way.
Recommend trekking poles.

Just arrived to the summit which took about an hour. I hike with my dog and we move fast. Started at 630 am and have not seen a single person and it was wonderful. Lots of wildlife and wonderful views while the run was rising. Heading south to Penobscot mt. , Jordan Pond via Jordan Ridge and finally across to Cadillac Mountain. Parked at the Parkman mt. trail head and will bus back there from the nature center.

on Acadia Park Loop Road

4 months ago

We did not hike the entire 24.5 miles, but this is as majestic a place as any.

walking
5 months ago

This is a favorite walk for us and our dog. The carriage road loop has some inclines but is made easy by the road surface. This map says the loop is 2.2 miles but it is more than that. I’ve been told about 3.5. Most sections have good shade. Bring water! There are many trails that cut through the woods that will make it more like hiking due to uneven surfaces (roots, rocks, etc) and steeper climbs. Trail markers can be elusive. Dogs are free to be off leash. It’s a wonderful place. Parking at the main gate is very limited. There is a new upper lot than can be used.

Surprisingly fast, and the views from the top of North bubble are amazing!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trial behind Wild Gardens of Acadia. The day we went (around 10am on a fall day), there was construction which greatly reduced parking & restrooms were closed. Standing at the nature center, a chipmunk came up and posed for us, then scurried off. Encountered family with noisy toddler on the broadwalk, running the peace and quiet. Continued on after the boardwalk ended around Great Meadow, a short distance on the edge of the Park Loop Road where we picked up Hemlock Trail, As we saw a lady with a dog walking towards us, three deer leapt out of the meadow only a few feet in front of us! Simply stunning. What a gift for the quiet respectful hiker. The lady who lived locally said it happens all the time & sometimes they run into walkers. Her dog didn't bark at the deer. We continued on another connecting trail through some tall dense trees and left as a group of noisy children entered.

Great hike and climb with even better views, but definitely recommend hiking south to north Bubble clockwise. A pretty steep climb up south Bubble from Jordan pond, wouldn’t recommend descending unless you want a more advanced hike. A good climb up and the views are worth it.

Amazing view. Great quick hike.

This was a great hike with wonderful views. The trails were well maintained and well marked. There is a very difficult section on the southern most part of the south bubble that is NOT ok for dogs. It is very steep and narrow with some climbs that are almost impossible for any dogs. I would not recommend anyone under the age of ten or who is afraid of heights to do that section. Besides that, this was a wonderful hike I would recommend to almost everyone. It is definitely possible to do more of an out and back and skip the steep portion of the south bubble.

Highly recommend going the route of South bubble then north bubble as there are a few parts acending South bubble that would be very difficult descending. The hike overall was easy but for the aforementioned moments that were difficult for a few fit 55 year-olds.

scenic driving
6 months ago

absolutely stunning drive. it feels as if you're transported to the west coast.

Great off leash place for your dog! Beautiful views, and great trails!

scenic driving
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Excellent way to see a lot of Acadia if hiking isn't your thing or if you don't have time to do a ton of hikes. The roads are in good condition with lots of pull offs/signage for areas of interest/scenic areas. On tip: if you enter the park of SR 3 north of Bar Harbor you should do the loop clockwise. If you go counter clockwise you have to backtrack; as over 1/2 the loop is 1 way.

fantastic hike. we did south bubble first and descended down the rocks and it was great fun - few shuffles on the bum down the rocks but easier than ascending. Wonderful views and easy hike for such views. The did north bubble again manageable hike and wonderful views of eagle lake. we continued to eagle lake and joined eagle lake loop (fun walk over rocks) and later the carry Jordan lake trail back to bubbles parking lot so we didn't have to go back on ourselves (easy walk back)

The view is amazing up at the top. I STRONGLY agree with some other posters in that coming up South Bubble was a difficult climb for me (fairly fit 56 y.o.).
There were two or three spots near the top that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to continue, yet the thought of going down the way we came was not in the realm of possibility. Going back down Bubble Trail after scrambling up South Bubble seemed like a breeze.
The view was definitely worth it!

Fun trail with amazing views, but incredibly challenging coming up from the lake to South Bubble. I would recommend doing the loop clockwise as another poster mentioned as I can't imagine trying to come down the way we went up. There was some pretty serious climbing in one section with little room for error. From South Bubble/Bubble Rock we headed to North Bubble, then Conners Nubble and then went north to Eagle Lake. We picked up the Eagle Lake trail to Jordan Pond Carry trail to head back to our car. The trail around the lake was nice with lots of boulders to climb over. It was much more enjoyable than trying to come back the way we came and it evens out to be about the same mileage.

Love! Totally fun, especially the decent from South Bubble towards the lake - a fun scramble. Our kids (5 & 7) both did well and enjoyed it.

Recommend going clockwise on loop as pitch from pond to top of bubble very steep and rocky.

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

There are 3 ways to get up/down the mountain. We were hiking with a dog and one route is not dog friendly, so check with the ranger stations. One path is no joke, hiking over boulders. The views were worth it!

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