Ocean Path Trail

EASY 54 reviews
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Ocean Path Trail is a 4.2 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.

4.2 miles 433 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Starting at the south end of the upper Sand Beach Parking lot, the easy 2.2 mile mostly flat one-way Ocean Path trail parallels the loop road all the way to Otter Point. The path offers scenic views and numerous access points to outcroppings above the rocky shore, including major attractions like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. Great trail to stroll or to deviate and explore the best Acadia has to offer. Get to the area early before any tour buses or late around sunset and you can have the shoreline mostly all to yourself. Some more on exploring along the path: Half-way between Sand Beach and Otter Cliff is Thunder Hole. Waves and tides dictate whether you hear the sound like thunder or whether you'll hear a whisper of waves crashing below. Granite stairs and railings lead to the viewing area. Half way between Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs on the right side of the Park Loop Road, is the small parking area for the Gorham Mountain Trail, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the eastern coastline. From this vantage point (another 2 mi. RT deviation to the summit), you can see from Sand Beach to the north and all the way south to Otter Cliff. At the southern end of the path is Otter Cliff. Just before Otter Cliff is Monument Cove. Look for the short side trail on the left as there are some great photo ops from this vantage point, especially when the first light of the morning turns the cliffs a golden color. Rock climbers and rappellers frequent the Otter Cliff. This is a great hike - take as little or as much time as you like to explore!

8 days ago

Beautiful! Great views and plenty of exploring to be done.

hiking
17 days ago

Great views

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5 months ago

If you want to get the good views without the hassle of traffic take this trail, it's mostly a stone trail song park loop road with areas that cut out to the cliff ledges where you can explore, easy trail to walk

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5 months ago

An easy walk with great ocean views

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6 months ago

Very pretty but not hard. More like a nature walk.

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful, not very challenging

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

A scenic stroll along the ocean among some of Acadia NP's famous landmarks, with lots of places to explore and reflect on how wonderful it is to be there!

backpacking
7 months ago

Great trail to walk with friends. Super easy lots of spots to sit on rocks and enjoy the pretty scenery.

hiking
7 months ago

It is a beautiful well maintained trail that offers numerous opportunities to walk off trail onto the shoreline rocks to take pictures. We did this one more than once on our vacation.