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Bar Island Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily 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

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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.

walking
10 days ago

This is a must if you come to Bar Harbor, check to see when the low tide is, then a couple of hours before low tide you can walk on the sandbar to Bar Island.

hiking
10 days ago

Make sure you look at a tide chart before hiking! You have a 4 hour window (low tide +/- 2 hours). Very cool to walk across the natural land bridge and check out Bar Island. There's decent views of Bar Harbor from the top of the hill on the island

13 days ago

Fun, easy walk at low tide. For me the magic was walking along the shore of Bar Island and looking back at the town and seeing the Porcupine islands from this vantage point. The trail that cuts through the island is very sweet with fields of grass and lupines, and the peekaboo view of Bar Harbor and the hills behind it is lovely at the end of the trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome sand bar to walk across during low tide!

hiking
blowdown
2 months ago

nice hike with dog

hiking
2 months ago

I must do! We walked with our little kids and they did great. Fun to say we walked to an island.

hiking
5 months ago

More of a walk than a hike. Sandbar is nice. The island is brown and there's no snow at the moment.

hiking
8 months ago

The tide makes this trail unique. Beautiful views of Bar Harbor at the Island end of the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

A nice brisk walk in the early morning! We took this hike just to be able to say we did it! Great way to start the day!

hiking
8 months ago

Unique walk across sand bar. Not much of a view on top of mountain. Best place is to sit on log and watch boats and cruise ships and Bar Harbor lights. Easy walk across then all uphill to top of mountain.

hiking
8 months ago

Definitely unique because of the land bridge! You have to wait until low tide in order to cross. But the actual hike through the island was so/so and there wasn’t too much of a view. Really great trail overall to take our yellow lab and allow her to run off leash.

hiking
9 months ago

Make sure you check the tide times!!! Almost started this and the tide has almost covered the whole path.

hiking
9 months ago

This was one of my top 2 favorite things, on the island. During the 1.5 hours before & after low tide (check the schedule!), a sand bar appears, allowing you to both access bar island on foot, and to experience a sliver of life in the harbor. Birds, snails, barnacles, crabs, starfish, kelp, shells, etc., all stay behind in tide pools! I saw my first starfish here, and then some (they were everywhere so watch your feet), and had a blast spending an hour looking at the unique shells and exploring the cool life I found. I definitely recommend it for anybody looking for a short, fun, educational walk! Defiantly much better than the wonderland trail we did, where we only saw two crabs and a ton of snails.

hiking
9 months ago

Super easy walk and fun to see the tides changing. Best view is on a small path below the summit with little tree coverage.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice and simple with some good views. Not much to it.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail... neat for something different. Cool views of bar harbor from the island!

hiking
9 months ago

This was a fun distraction in the middle of our vacation. We enjoyed this “trail” but it’s really more of a short walk through the woods. We never did find a view but the walk up was fun. The land bridge is interesting and we had a great time exploring it at low tide. Lots of people though.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun to cross at low tide. Island trail not that interesting.

hiking
9 months ago

make sure you check the tide before venturing out

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

trail on island not marked at all

hiking
10 months ago

No great views but a short easy “hike”

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Fun and easy. Got caught by tide and ran across water. Was v fun

hiking
10 months ago

Great view of Bar Harbor from the top of the trail. The rocky/roots section is short but the correct way to the top. Enjoyed

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

This is a very crowded trail but that’s to be expected on a trail that cuts right through the ocean at high tide. We arrived about an hour before the predicted high tide and strolled across as the tide dropped. After arriving on Bar Island, a few of us hiked the rest of the trail up to the summit which was beautiful and well worth it on a sunny day!

hiking
10 months ago

Simple, fun, busy, but glad it exists. Great trail for the normies in Bar Harbor. Perhaps a gateway drug to something better.

crowded!

hiking
10 months ago

Eh, just ok. Kids had fun finding crabs, otherwise not worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty cool, easy walk - not really a hike. Great for family.

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