Bar Harbor Shore Path

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Bar Harbor Shore Path is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that offers scenic views 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.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
42 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

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3 days ago

Nice stroll. Wouldn't consider it a hike, but a pretty walk

11 days ago

It was so peaceful and beautiful on this very easy stroll. Fairly crowded, but everyone was so nice. The relevant historical placards make it an interesting walk.

22 days ago

Very beautiful trail along the Atlantic shoreline. We lodged overnight in a cottage in Bar Harbor which had a direct path to this trail. It's close to all the shops in Bar Harbor village and only 8-10 minute drive from here to Acadia National Park. Trail is easy, flat, wide with gravel, and has many access points below to the rocky shore and tide pools.

1 month ago

Lovely stroll. My husband and I 2alked the path and loved looking out into the harbor to one side and historical building and sites on the other. Very easy and some climbing spots if you are adventurous.

1 month ago

Lovely, easy walk, more like a stroll. Some 12-15’ ledges, but the path is wide enough to keep kids from the edges. Some easy access points to get down to the rock/water joining. Shaded walk back to Main Street at the end of the Path.
Great pictures of the islands.

2 months ago

This path was as boring as this review. We didn't finish it...

walking
2 months ago

This is a super easy but very beautiful stroll along the waterfront. A great choice if you are looking for a walk anyone and everyone can do!

walking
2 months ago

Gentle, flat walk along the water.

walking
2 months ago

If you are in the area - a good place for a stroll after dinner ! Nice views of the ocean and islands as well as the houses.

2 months ago

I wouldn’t consider this a trail. It does offer great views of the water and large homes. Great for families or evening stroll after dinner.

2 months ago

Great beginners trail! Good warm up for more demanding hikes. Great pre or post meal stroll.

walking
3 months ago

Gorgeous!

3 months ago

Fantastic!!!

3 months ago

Fantastic!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of people walking along here. Easy walk.

11 months ago

Was nice to walk the path before going out to eat. A lot of rosehips along the path at very nice. Pop out on the top of town and walk back through and find something to eat.

walking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great walk for what it is. Easy along the coast and can be more fun if you decide to go down on the rocks.

Monday, July 24, 2017

walking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

An easy stroll along the water. Perfect for after dinner!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fun, scenic trail. Great for a stroller too.

walking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nice brief walk along the ocean.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

An easy walk from downtown Bar Harbor, we stopped in here on our first night in the area. It's a great place to climb around on the rocks and explore tide pools.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

For after dinner walk it's a 10

walking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Enjoyed a stroll along this path with family. At low tide, you can make your way down from the path to explore the rocky beach that gets exposed.

walking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

A great way to burn off some calories after a meal in town, with wonderful views of the harbor and bay.

walking
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Very nice morning walk.

hiking
Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Bar Harbor shore path gets a lot of traffic in the summer and early fall months and for good reason, depending on the weather it can offer up breath taking views. Do you look away from the ocean at the row of expensive homes, or out to sea at fishing boats, sail boats, passing while watcher vessels, and cruise ships? Just walking slow and taking in the sweeping ocean views of the otter islands is relaxing, and there is many places to leave the path and explore along the ocean side. One of the sights you might see is the four mast schooner that anchors along the shore Path, a sight to behold when its sails are up.
What many don't know is that many years ago the Shore Path use to run all the way to Compass Harbor, but new home owners blocked a large section of the path with a wire fence, so at that point you have to either turn around and head back toward the town Pier or continue to follow the path as it turns inland and makes it way toward Main Street.
It's a shame the path no longer runs all the way to Compass Harbor because the Harbor was where George B. Dorr lived. His estate was named OLD FARM and there is a couple of paths that circle the area there. It also has two beaches. At the top of a very long set of stone steps is where the remains of OLD FARM can still be seen today.
To reach the shore Path in town, head down Main Street to the Town Pier. There is a metal fence that runs along the start of the path above the town beach. Two huge cannons over look the path as well.
To locate the other end of the path, Compass Harbor, drive along Main Street and head out of town along route 3 in the direction of Otter Creek. You will pass the Bar Harbor ball fields on the right as you leave town, and just ahead the road will begin going uphill. Look for a tiny unmarked parking lot on the left - even though this is part of Acadia National Park on this end, they do not mark it with a sign telling you its Compass Harbor. There will be a trail with a gate across it, that is the start of the compass Harbor trail.

hiking
Saturday, August 02, 2014

Nice way to spend a half hour.

hiking
Monday, May 20, 2013

Great walk after lunch. Along the shore with fresh air and great views! Great coffee walk!

hiking
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nice activity after dinner along the shore. Burn away a few calories with nice views.

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