Bar Island Trail

EASY 80 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
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.

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.

19 days ago

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

nature trips
20 days 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
1 month 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.

7 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
8 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.

8 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
8 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
9 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.

9 months ago

9 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.

10 months ago

Great for the whole family. Watch the tides!

hiking
10 months ago

Crowded trail. Lots of kids and dogs

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

walking
11 months ago

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.

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

hiking
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cool concept that you can only reach the island during low tide and something to do if you are in Bar Harbor during low tide. Short out and back (about 1 mile total) once you get on the Island and a cool view back on the town. Be careful if you drive your car down to the parking area on the sand, I saw someone get stuck on the sand, locals told me smaller cars tend to get stuck when they turn to wide on the soft sand.

hiking
Thursday, September 04, 2014

A sandbar to Bar Island appears at low tides, be sure to check tide table.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sweet sweet little island. Great for little hikers too.

walking
Saturday, August 21, 2010

awesome trail for being located right in the middle of town. great for pictures. very light trail(easy). stays on the coast the whole time. great for views of the beach and various boats. and not too many people know about this trail. in the middle of the day I passed maybe 15 people. I give this trail a 8/10 I would do it again

hiking
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hiking
9 days ago

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