DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
78 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
20 hours ago

Easy trial behind Wild Gardens of Acadia. The day we went (around 10am on a fall day), there was construction which greatly reduced parking & restrooms were closed. Standing at the nature center, a chipmunk came up and posed for us, then scurried off. Encountered family with noisy toddler on the broadwalk, running the peace and quiet. Continued on after the boardwalk ended around Great Meadow, a short distance on the edge of the Park Loop Road where we picked up Hemlock Trail, As we saw a lady with a dog walking towards us, three deer leapt out of the meadow only a few feet in front of us! Simply stunning. What a gift for the quiet respectful hiker. The lady who lived locally said it happens all the time & sometimes they run into walkers. Her dog didn't bark at the deer. We continued on another connecting trail through some tall dense trees and left as a group of noisy children entered.