Ocean Path Trail

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Ocean Path Trail is a 3.9 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
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

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beach

forest

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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!

1 day ago

Easy trail, but rewarding ocean views. We did it on rainy day, and it was still enjoyable.

1 day ago

Easy trail along the Atlantic Ocean with dozens of viewing options of the waves, wildlife, Acadia's iconic pink granite, the popular Thunder Hole attraction, Otter Cliffs, Monument Cove, Sand Beach. Keep in mind the Park Loop Road is one-way traffic access along Ocean Path. Great parking options include Sand Beach parking lot and Fabbri parking lot which are on opposite ends of Ocean Path Trail. Excellent hiking and snowshoeing. Ocean Path offers dozens of worn spur trails, keep your eyes peeled.

hiking
3 days ago

Great easy hike for taking photos and seeing some of the best of Acadia.

5 days ago

Wonderful views that you can only find along the coast of Maine!

hiking
5 days ago

The main path is a mostly flat, boring gravel path alongside a road. Every 100 ft or so there are small capillary paths that lead to magnificent cliffside views, each with its own magic. It’s worth taking each diversion.

walking
11 days ago

17 days ago

veiw beautiful.

25 days ago

Great views.

1 month ago

This is an easy path with incredible views.

1 month ago

Easy trail with absolutely beautiful and amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiking Tip: great morning walk to beat the crowds at Otter Cliffs portion of Ocean Path. We find Ocean Path to usually be its best in the morning - most tourists move together along the Loop Rd each morning, filling the same parking lots as they go. However, you can skip this parade of cars and get to one of the best areas at southern tip, Otter Cliffs, while parking lots are still available. Instead of taking the Loop Rd, take Rte 3 out of Bar Harbor, turning Left onto Otter Cliff Rd, then either park at the Fabbri parking lot or the 2 lots directly at Otter Cliffs. You can then make a 1.5mile loop around the most dramatic part of Ocean Path above Otter Cliffs, then around to excellent views over Otter Cove, ending near the Fabbri parking lot - all before the masses arrive at the southern point. And you completely miss the crawl of cars entering the Loop Rd guard stations before Beehive Trailhead and Sand Beach.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views, relaxing hiking.

1 month ago

Highly populated, walked it to go to the big sights.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenic stroll along the coast.

1 month ago

Nice views but no climbing

walking
1 month ago

A wonderful hike! Not extremely strenuous but still a nice workout. Thunder Hole is very interesting to see/here. Lots of places to stop and sit on the cliffs and hang out. I would suggest going early because it gets very crowded later in the day.

walking
1 month ago

This is a very easy trail for anyone looking for a nice stroll along the cliffs of Acadia! Totally worth the time if you're not looking for something strenuous.

1 month ago

Great views & very busy. Many opportunities to climb down off the path to explore & take pictures.

2 months ago

Easy trail that mostly follows the main park loop road. Lots of little stopping points and lots of amazing views.

2 months ago

Very easy trail but long enough to satisfy. The view from Otter Cliff to Sand Beach was stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy walk with great views

2 months ago

It’s a path, but great views and plenty of places to venture off and enjoy the views!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful coastline, easy trail. The views are awesome!

3 months ago

Nice little trail along the waters edge. Not very hard or strenuous. A lot of the fun looking parts near the cliffs were closed off for habitat restoration. I can’t complain about that.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great place to start for our first trip to Acadia. We came off season, so there were no crowds. Walking instead of driving the route allowed for many photo ops and for us to enjoy every bit of the scenery. However, I would not do this trail again on another trip back to Acadia.

hiking
4 months ago

If you are looking for impressive views or good exercise, Acadia has dozens of hikes that are better. If you have limited mobility and do not mind being surrounded by huge crowds, the walk is enjoyable, but to be clear, you can get the same views from so many other hikes in this gorgeous park.

hiking
7 months ago

Simply Beautiful.

walking
7 months ago

Easy trail with beautiful views in early September. Enjoy!

hiking
9 months 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.

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