Great Head Trail (Full Loop)

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Great Head Trail (Full Loop) is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
265 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

1 month ago

One of our favorite trails in Acadia. Views, unique terrain, and solitude combine to make this a stunning and enjoyable hike. I highly recommend

2 months ago

Fairly quick trail that lets you see a variety of ocean, beach, rocks, forests and vistas. Nothing too difficult. We enjoyed going down to the oceans edge on the rocky side and just watching the waves crash on the shore.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice views of the ocean, mountains and the beach. Some rocks to climb but fairly level trail.

The views make this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views, short, beautiful beach (crowded for sure). Much better way to get there as the car park is small and not too busy.

6 months ago

Beautiful views. Just the right amount of challenges for a family hike. I agree with the moderate rating. Great hike if you like to take pictures!

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail! Did it both times i was in acadia. I prefer going up steep rocks so I prefer to go counter clockwise. you choose when you cross sand beach, go up steps and come to giant circle stone. Go right for counter clock trail. Also my favorite part is scrambling down to the farthest out rocks at the ocean and seeing tide pools at the point. Great views looking back at sand beach and beehive if you do scramble down and look back.

hiking
6 months ago

We prefer this loop counter clockwise. We do it every year at least once. It is a favorite.

7 months ago

Great variety of terrain. Our pup loved it too! Amazing view. Can’t miss hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Flat, easy stroll through the woods and along the rocky shores near Sand Beach.

hiking
8 months ago

SOme nice views and a little rock scrambling. You can access Sand Beach from this side if you don't want to brave the other parking lot. Probably not great when granite is wet..

9 months ago

Definitely not an easy trail. In many places the only way you know you are on the trail is a paint mark on the rocks. Also much longer then marked.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fantastic hike with great views of the ocean and several coves. If you’re adventurous, several great areas to go off trail and take some photos on the rocks. A few steep climbs down the rocks but not real difficult. Overall, a beautiful trail!

hiking
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Great trail for some easy scrambling on rocks but I would not rate it an easy trail more on the harder side of moderate. Offers some great views.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

A fun and beautiful hike with great coastal views nearly the entire way. However, this is NOT an "easy" hike. Easy to me implies relatively flat terrain - something a small kid and a not very nimble 80 year old in decent shape could handle. That is not this hike. This hike involves rocky uneven terrain nearly the whole way around, with some serious rock scrambling over ledges. I personally loved it, but had I known what it was actually like, I would have chosen someplace else for the family hike that is actually "suitable for all skill levels". Somebody at All Trails dropped the classifying ball on this one.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

One of the top 10 best hikes in Acadia. Always provides a fun adventure. Magnificent views. Stop off at Sand Beach. Pack 3 bottles of water per person on a hot day.

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