Bar Island Trail

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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
170 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Never knew that “bar” harbor was a sand bar! If you’re in the area, you must do it once. It’s the most tourist hike second to Cadillac. The views and such are (3) stars but the act of walking across the bar is literally awe-some.

hiking
3 months ago

its a unique fun and short hike anyone can do

walking
4 months ago

As the other reviews “suggested” don’t go at high tide - impassable then. Short trail. Was foggy when we went so couldn’t see anything.

4 months ago

Nice overview of Bar Harbor. Hike is easy and relaxing. The water break is usually very crowded

4 months ago

Not a very exciting view, and entirely too many people.

5 months ago

Great time easy walk lots of people out there

walking
5 months ago

Funny story about this walk. Things looked pretty dry as we started over and then entered the island. We hiked up to the top, about a half-mile. Lots of signs warning about the tides and keeping track of time. So we come back down the island path, which is very pretty and quiet. Actually it turned out to be very quiet since we were the last two people and a dog left on it. The tide was coming in and had cut off part of the bar closest to the island already. We were able to walk through the water holding the dog and make it back to a dry part of the bar no problem. But after about five more minutes it was remarkable how quickly so much of the bar had submerged. Definitely worth visiting this beautiful sight and walking across. Make sure you read all the signs. And if you’re the last person around on the island you should start to turn your walk into at least a slow jog.

5 months ago

A nice, easy trail with a pretty view at the top.

6 months ago

Easy Walk. Good opportunity to teach the young ones about tides. Fun experience. Nice to venture into Bar Island and explore the ruins.

7 months ago

Lovely walk from bar harbor inlet across the sand bar to bar island with a nice view of Bar Harbor on Cadillac mountain at the end. I saw a beautiful downy woodpecker on my way. Wonderful place.

7 months ago

Great views of the harbor and it’s fun to walk across the low tide.

nature trips
7 months ago

It is a beautiful trail but you can easily get lost because the trail is not well marked. Luckily the island is not that big so if you are lost, you are not lost for that long. You should be careful though because if you are on the island too long the tide may come up and you will be stuck there for about 9 hours unless you get a water taxi back to the land.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty popular walk. I guess the appeal is walking across on low tide. Doesn't really do much for me. Views from the high point on the island are alright.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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
Sunday, October 08, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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
Sunday, September 17, 2017

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.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Great for the whole family. Watch the tides!

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Crowded trail. Lots of kids and dogs

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

walking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, June 02, 2017

Neat trail that's only available at low tide

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

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