Ocean Path Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
298 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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!

hiking
1 month ago

Another trail I could do again and again and never get tired of. It's got a bit of everything, including some climbing if you're feeling adventurous. We climbed down a rather steep little cliff/ path(?) to get to a stone beach surrounded by cliffs (mind the tide). There is a beautiful stack of granite slabs that broke away from three cliff face that completely captivated me. We went down to another stone beach that was all big bubble rocks. I would also recommend parking at otter cliffs and traveling the trail in reverse (with thunder hole near the end). This let's you avoid most of the traffic. In my opinion thunder hole is cool but we had much more fun exploring the cliffs on our own than standing on the steps with a bunch of people.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing oceanic views while hiking the rocks. Definitely a must.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike. Fantastic views especially from the numerous short side trails to rocky cliffs. Very crowded at Thunder Hole where tourist busses dump people in droves. A substantial length of the trail is very close to the road. Nevertheless we throughly enjoyed hiking it on a beautiful October day.

hiking
2 months ago

good for a walk with the gorgeous views, but extremely crowded

walking
2 months ago

Great views!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail must check out all the little side trails

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little walk before getting some food in town.

walking
3 months ago

Went from otter point to thunder hole. Great little trail, great views, stopped for a while to check out otter cliffs. Do thunder hole a couple hours before high tide, otherwise not really worth it

hiking
4 months ago

Very crowded when we went to see Thunder Hole but was pretty. Hard to get pictures with so many people around though.

4 months ago

Very heavily traveled since it's near the beach and several trails and runs right next to Ocean Drive. There are plenty of places to walk out onto the rocks near the water, but most of the path is on the opposite side of the tree line next to the water (so while the views are great, they are somewhat sporadic). Probably better early in the morning or later in the afternoon when most of the crowds are gone.

walking
4 months ago

Easy and highly trafficked, but absolutely beautiful.

walking
4 months ago

nice enough but too many people in summer

4 months ago

This is an easy walk along the coast/road. It is very crowded. If you are mostly interested in Thunder Hole, drive down to that section of the trail and park in the street near the Thunder Hole shop. You can then walk a bit either way along the trail. Most people want to park near Sandy Beach so it is more crowded near the start of the trail. If you want less crowds, drive even further down the road and park near the end of the trail. This is a must do tourist trail but not really a hike.

4 months ago

Classic Acadia, stunningly beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Walked back up this way after hiking the Gorham loop. Really nice views along the water, but gets really busy by late morning.

hiking
5 months ago

On a foggy trip with limited to nonexistent views from the mountain tops, this trail offered spectacular scenery for the duration of the walk. It’s definitely an easy trail, but a welcomed break from the more physically challenging hikes in Acadia. The only drawback is that it runs right along the road. [Hiking experience - I am brand new to hiking - this was my first trip outside of nature walks of the midwest.]

walking
5 months ago

Spectacular view of ocean. Kids had blast walking on rocks!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful

This is a great walk!! Follows the coast for quite a ways, all the way to Otter Point. Lots of great photo ops. Be careful not to disturb the restoration efforts of you choose to check out some of the smaller paths that lead you to the cliff off the main walk.

6 months ago

We enjoyed this scenic, easy path after climbing earlier in the day. Monument Cove was our favorite stop along the way.

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