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!

walking
2 days ago

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8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

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10 days ago

10 days 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
15 days ago

Easy and highly trafficked, but absolutely beautiful.

hiking
22 days ago

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23 days ago

walking
25 days ago

nice enough but too many people in summer

hiking
26 days ago

28 days 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.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Classic Acadia, stunningly beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago