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Best trails in Acadia National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Acadia National Park, Maine? AllTrails has 190 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 112 moderate trails in Acadia National Park ranging from 0.9 to 27.1 miles and from 16 to 1,525 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Acadia National Park attracts more than two million visitors each year. With many different facilities and attractions in the park, there is something to interest everyone. Hiking and mountain biking are among the most popular activities in Acadia National Park. There are freshwater, estuary, forest, and intertidal habitats and 158 miles of hiking trails. Acadia National Park is open 24 hours per day, but the Visitor's Center has more limited hours. It is open from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, except for July and August when it is open 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. This Visitor's Center is closed November 1 through April 30 every year. Entrance Passes: Acadia Annual Pass - $55.00 Valid for 12 months from purchase date. This pass provides access to Acadia National Park only. This pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle.Acadia Entrance Fee - Private Vehicle - $30.00 Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants. Valid for 7 days. If a vehicle pass is purchased, no other pass is necessary. Acadia Entrance Fee - Motorcycle - $25.00 Admits one or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle. Valid for 7 days. Acadia Entrance Fee - Per Person - $15.00 Admits one individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge. Valid for 7 days. Accessibility: The Interagency Access Pass for free or discounted admission for US Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities is accepted here. The Hulls Cove Visitor Center (with Eastern National Bookstore), Cadillac Summit Center, Park Headquarters, Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center, Thompson Island Information Center, Abbe Museum (Downtown Bar Harbor), Great Harbor Maritime Museum, Mount Desert Oceanarium, Old School House Museum, and Wendell Gilley Museum are all wheelchair and stroller accessible with accessible parking and bathrooms (except no parking or restroom at Wendell Gilley). Loaner assistive listening devices are available with advanced notice. ASL interpreters are available for Ranger-led programs with advanced notice of at least three weeks – send an email through the park website for more information. An introductory pamphlet is available in Braille format for download or at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. A 56-mile audio tour CD is also available for purchase at the Visitor’s Center. All shuttle buses in the park are wheelchair accessible, free, and run from June to early October from neighboring towns to the Park. The following picnic areas have wheelchair accessible tables: Bear Brook, Fabbri, Frazer Point, Pretty Marsh, Seawall, and Thompson Island. Echo Lake and Sand Beach have accessible parking spaces, restrooms, and changing rooms. There is an accessible path to the water at Echo Lake. The Blackwoods Campground has 12 accessible drive-in camping sites. The Seawall Campground has multiple options for accessible sites - three RV, five drive-in, five walk-in, and one group site. Service animals must be on-leash at all times in the Park. Additional accessible trails and facilities information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Acadia National Park
Park information
Acreage:
49,076 acres
Contact
207-288-3338 Phone
Top trails (190)
#1 - The Beehive Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 54 m
NOTE: A section of the Beehive Trail is closed until July 20 for trail maintenance. Please check here for more information and updates: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm A steep climb to the top of this small mountain with wonderful views out over the Atlantic and surrounding Acadia hills The Beehive Trail is a very popular moderate to difficult out and back or loop trail using iron rungs on ledges of exposed cliffs, and is very steep, offering spectacular views of Sand Beach and the surrounding area at Acadia National Park. Start just north of and across the One way loop road from the Sand Beach parking area, climbing steps and through the forest to some exposed fairly flat rocky areas and a tall cairn of rocks marking your next steps. Be sure to look for the light blue (Carolina Blue) trail markers as the trail can be quickly lost in your enthusiasm to scale the cliffs. Stay on trail as strategically placed iron rungs, bridges and hand and foot holds take the technical part out of the climb. Once at the top you can opt to go down the back side and make it a loop or go down the way you came. Show more
#2 - Cadillac North Ridge Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
#3 - Precipice, Orange and Black and Champlain North Ridge Trail Loop
Acadia National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
The trail is closed between March 15 and August 15 due to falcon nesting. Please consult the park's website before visiting: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Precipice Trail is a difficult and very steep loop trail using iron rungs and ladders on exposed cliffs providing spectacular views of Acadia National Park. The trail opens after nesting Peregrine Falcons leave the nest. The hike is not recommended during wet conditions, or if you experience vertigo; also not recommended for small children. The trail starts up steps and through some boulder scrambles. While officially a non-technical hike due to strategically placed iron rungs, ladders and rock ledges, this is really a climb that requires you to be able to navigate some tricky spots by pulling yourself up (e.g. the very first example of this might even be the hardest). If you are careful and pay attention, this will be a great and thrilling experience. Leave hiking poles behind, as you won't need them and they'll just get in the way. One of the very best short hikes in Acadia, similar to what you get on Katahdin's Knife Edge.Show more
#4 - Jordan Pond Full Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Great views on a lot of the walk around the lake. This trail can get crowded at points, especially on the parts where there were narrower wooden walkways for paths. Go early, as it can be difficult to find a parking spot due to its traffic. The backdrop of the pond and bubbles are beautiful as you meander through the woods along the pond. The boardwalks are unique, and outside of a couple muddy spots, a trail that is very enjoyable and easy. Note: There’s a section with some rocky terrain but other than that it’s a flat, easy, peaceful walk suitable for just about anyone. There are a couple sandy areas as well where people can step aside and relax on the shore. Dogs, swimming, and wading are not allowed in the pond!Show more
#5 - Ocean Path and Gorham Mountain Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Please note that Thunder Hole has been reported closed as of 07/08/2020. A wonderful loop hike that will take you along the shore of the Atlantic, over mountain ledges to end at Sand Beach. This hike that will take you along the shore of Newport Cove past powerful Thunderhole and then up over the open ledges of Gorham Mountain. You will have beautiful ocean views along the entire route. When you come down Gorham Mountain to the north you can also run up the Bee Hive if you have the energy. After you descend back to Sand Beach spend some time out on the sand relaxing!Show more
#6 - Ocean Path Trail: Thunder Hole and Monument Cove
Acadia National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Starting at the south end of the upper Sand Beach Parking lot, the easy 2.2 mile mostly flat one-way Ocean Path trail parallels the loop road all the way to Otter Point. The path offers scenic views and numerous access points to outcroppings above the rocky shore, including major attractions like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. Great trail to stroll or to deviate and explore the best Acadia has to offer. Get to the area early before any tour buses or late around sunset and you can have the shoreline mostly all to yourself. Some more on exploring along the path: Half-way between Sand Beach and Otter Cliff is Thunder Hole. Waves and tides dictate whether you hear the sound like thunder or whether you'll hear a whisper of waves crashing below. Granite stairs and railings lead to the viewing area. Half way between Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs on the right side of the Park Loop Road, is the small parking area for the Gorham Mountain Trail, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the eastern coastline. From this vantage point (another 2 mi. RT deviation to the summit), you can see from Sand Beach to the north and all the way south to Otter Cliff. At the southern end of the path is Otter Cliff. Just before Otter Cliff is Monument Cove. Look for the short side trail on the left as there are some great photo ops from this vantage point, especially when the first light of the morning turns the cliffs a golden color. Rock climbers and rappellers frequent the Otter Cliff. This is a great hike - take as little or as much time as you like to explore!Show more
#7 - Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Loop
Acadia National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The true summit is to the left where the South Ridge Trail opens onto the gravel access road. Look for two survey benchmarks established by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1856 and 1954. The South Ridge Trail is a gradual climb, but it has the advantage of not coming close to the Cadillac Summit Road until the end. The trail briefly descends to a small pond called The Featherbed, where there is a wooden bench for taking a break and enjoying the pond. NOTE: Although dogs are allowed on this trail, users have reported that there are some very rocky, steep sections that may be difficult for your dog.Show more
#8 - Gorham Mountain
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 56 m
#9 - Thunder Hole to Sand Beach
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 42 m
#10 - Great Head Trail (Short Option)
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 51 m
Moderate loop trail along Sea Cliffs on the east side of Acadia NP's Sand Beach to Great Head. Great Head Trail is moderate and loops around the perimeter of the small peninsula called Great Head located on the east side of Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. This is a great early morning hike, or afternoon for that matter, and one that the whole family can experience (with caution of course). Park in the lower Sand Beach parking area located on the left of the Park Loop Road. Take the granite steps to Sand Beach. Walk to the other side of the beach. Near the base of the rocky outcropping, look to your left for a great view of the Beehive (520 foot summit - another great hike). Close to this spot you will see a small sign leading to steps where you will begin your ascent. This starts as a leisurely climb leading to some beautiful pink granite cliffs. Follow the blue lines to be sure to stay on the best route up as it can be steep at times. Once on top, the hike is fairly easy. A sign leads your way to the right leading to Great Head where you will have wonderful views of the rocky coast, Otter Cliff, and the churning ocean below. There are ample spots for you to have a picnic, relax, or sit and reflect on the power of this place. Continue on the loop back through a section of white birch trees. Up ahead, there will be a path split. Take the left up the granite, following the markers, to return to Sand Beach. Watch for signs. There is one that you will not see the front of until you look back at it as you pass. If you continued straight, it would lead to the Schooner Head Road in Bar Harbor.Show more
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