Compass Harbor Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.8 miElevation gain42 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingrunningBeachForestViewsFee
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Acadia National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. Please note that there is plenty of parking directly off route 3 but the lot is not marked.

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Bryce Mazur
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Dave NH
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Vladislav Loev
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Esther Kraak
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Chaz Matses
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Thomas Yellope
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Craig Hymson
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A lot of bang for yer buck!

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Mark Lacroix
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Dave NH
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Connor Wilson
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Amazing views of the porcupines and ocean. Some nice big rocks along the shore you can climb if you wish. A great spot to dip your feet in and or take a dip!

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Sarah Towers
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this trail is absolutely beautiful! we lived it!

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Jessica Ames
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take the side trip to the cottage foundation, pretty cool

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David Roy
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Great short walk on a wide path through wooded area. Trail ends on a beautiful rocky point with outstanding views. Plenty of parking directly off route 3 but lot is not marked. Highly recommend.

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- 6 months ago

Thank you David for your suggestion, we put a note in the description for other users.

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Chris Ganstine
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Easy walk from the road with nice views once you get there.

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Jasmine Pratt
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Easy, a little to easy for the older kids, but good for smaller toddlers!

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Sandra Yager
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An enjoyable trail. I liked returning through the ruin.

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Hannah S
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For a 2.5 year old this was perfect! We hiked with 6 month old in backpack and 2.5 yo hiked the whole thing, explored rocky beach and had a picnic. Loved throwing rocks into the ocean. Great views without the crowds of rocky beaches off of shore path. Short quick hike but great for when the toddlers are tired of being carried and need some free reign. Not too many roots or rocks for tripping over. Simple hike but great views make it fun for everyone

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John Hacker
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Very easy to do. Went early after the sunrise and were the only people there. Would be great with families to avoid crowds

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Patty Bruni
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Excellent easy hike. The entire family had a great time. There are several places to access the beach & the water is crystal clear. Beautiful scenery, peaceful. We applied Off at the trail head & were not bothered by bugs at all.

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Matthew Cote
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Fun, easy family hike!

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Phil Gordon
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Nice short walk through woods to shore line.

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Alison Kates
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We loved this trail!! The trail is wide and mostly under the cover of mature trees. Its pretty level until you get to the end, where you can climb on the rocks. The ocean at the end of the trail is spectacular. It was so quiet and we just loved watching the waves roll in and out. You can access quite a bit of shoreline here. Very few mosquitoes, and the only other bugs we saw were red ants (easily avoided). It was not crowded at all. We loved this trail so much that we plan to bring the rest of our family back later this week.

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shane shane mapplebeck
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beautiful day hike of about 9 miles, took 5 hours but it waa absolutely beautiful. reccomend a decent pair of boots as its a bit wet. and a jacket for the elevation, 10 out of 10 will do again.

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Paul Veilleux
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Well marked trail. Trailhead off of Rt 3. Easy, short, historic hike to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Fred Kehoe
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Great trail for views and young families. Wide short trail to the water.

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Meg Elaine
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Nice little walk

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Lisa Daugherty
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Easy hike, well maintained trail. Rocks down on the beach can be very slippery when wet. Great views!

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Christina K
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Short with a good view

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