Bar Island Trail

EASY 68 reviews
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Bar Island Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bar 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.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Bar Harbor, ME: Begin on Bridge Street just off West Street. Note: Be sure to check the Town Pier tide schedule at the ocean point on West Street.

3 months ago

Very unique experience. We only did the part from Bar Harbor to Bar Island. Can get very windy. Lots of sea gulls to watch as you walk. A very easy walk.

walking
4 months ago

A nice walk to do to get a different view of Bar Harbor from the island. Easy leisurely walk for pets & kids as well. As the tide changes, so cool to see the sea life & shells as you walk across the landbridge. A lot people doing the same thing but you dont get a crowded feel.

5 months ago

Was a nice little walk but that's about it. A lot of people. Nice to do really quick while walking to food.

hiking
5 months ago

Walking on water? well, sort of. this hike is more neat for the fact that you walk out across a sandbar to access Bar Island at low tide. Pretty unique, and an easy hike

hiking
5 months ago

I guess this would be a good hike but I forgot about the tide since I'm not from around here. The trail was under water. tried to make it out but the water was cold and rising.

5 months ago

5 months ago

take the less traveled wooded trail around the perimeter of the island that you see to the left as you come on to the island across the sandbar. a much more interesting hike, would highly recommend.

6 months ago

Great for the whole family. Watch the tides!

hiking
6 months ago

Crowded trail. Lots of kids and dogs

hiking
6 months ago

It's good to do with Ranger so you can know history!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Explore tide pools while walking across the sand bar at low tide. It's great for all levels.

walking
8 months ago

Nice brief walk to Bar Island and then 15 minutes hiking to island. Kids loves it!

hiking
8 months ago

Neat trail that's only available at low tide

Don't get stuck out there! Was a great morning stroll. Safe to cross 1.5 hours before and 1.5 hours after low tide. Only took about an hour. Nice way to start the day with a coffee.

8 months ago

This is a really cool path to walk simply because it disappears with high tide and returns with low tide. It offers a nice view of the ships and the harbor. We enjoyed a Maine lobster dinner nearby after our visit to the sandbar.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice short walk with great harbor views.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nice hike and a beautiful day. Not challenging but a very nice hike.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

we went off trail and hiked along waters edge. very beautiful

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

We took the path out to the high point on Bar Island. There is a nice view back across the harbor to town. We especially enjoyed exploring the tidal flats, finding dozens of starfish along the way. Low tide was perfectly timed for early evening, so there were lots of people with the great summer weather we also had. However, there is room to spread out along the flats and it did not feel too crowded...and much fewer people completed the trail on the island. I highly recommend this for the unique experience and the wonderful setting!

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It was ok very slight incline until the top good for little kids

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