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
433 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
2 days 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
6 days ago

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

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22 days ago

Beautiful

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25 days ago

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.

26 days ago

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

hiking
28 days ago

Nice easy path along the coastline with amazing views. Great when you need a break from more strenuous hikes.

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1 month ago

This was a great trail for the afternoon after a more strenuous hike in the morning. Beautiful views and an easy path.

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