Ocean Path Trail

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Ocean Path Trail is a 4.5 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
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

bird watching

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

A beautiful little trail that overlooks the craggy seawall. It’s pretty much the definition of Maine’s coastline.

My pal and I woke up at 4AM and watched the sunrise over the sea. However, in the summer months, be sure to prepare for mosquitoes as they love to hang around the seaweed.

walking
2 months ago

Incredibly beautiful. I got engaged this October on this trail!!! You’re hiking alongside the ocean the entire time and if you take a little detour off of the path you can hop along the rocky coast for an even better adventure.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views and super easy trail! We did this one last due to low morale from beehive and south ridge trail. But it was definitely worth the hike. Perfect for beginners!

hiking
4 months ago

It’s popular for a reason! Crowded but it’s pretty awesome to be hiking so close to the ocean all the way. Very easy trail and a lot of fun!

hiking
4 months ago

Views are amazing but this is a HEAVILY tracked trail along a main road. Mostly flat.

4 months ago

Breathtaking views of the ocean!

hiking
4 months ago

Started at Otter Point and walked north with my husband and girls (7 and 10). Good walk, not too easy, with beautiful views the whole way to thunder hole. We walked there and back and that was perfect.

walking
5 months ago

The scenery is great, but whether or not one likes this trail entirely depends on what one is looking for: great for a little stroll (there are lots of parking lots along the road next to this trail) with nice ocean views. Path is entirely flat and smooth. However, this is of course no hiking trail whatsoever, but more of an ocean walking path (as in, leisurely strolling, not hiking).

hiking
5 months ago

this was a great trail but as the above mentioned it was more like a sidewalk trail some of it was in the woods but not all of it but this was still an awesome trail very easy. My wife and I did the trail and stopped at thunder hole and we actually saw a pod of whales in the distance by the buoys what a phenomenal sight it was. We were here around 12 or 12:30 and there were tons of people but not too many as to not be able to see. We had a blast. Afterward, we drove up Cadillac mountain and found a spot to see "bubble rock" take the time to explore the .5 mile hike up to bubble rock absolutely fabulous views take a picture of it as you are driving we missed out and it would have been awesome.

5 months ago

This is really more of a sidewalk than a trail. Not remotely what we expected. Cars and tour buses continually driving past, and packed with people even on an Wednesday post-Labor Day.

hiking
5 months ago

Took a nice evening walk on this trail. From Sandy beach to Otter cliffs it goes on and off the road.. incredible views with beautiful evening sky. Very beautifully maintained.. Thanks to the NPS staff..

hiking
5 months ago

A nice and easy trail with minimal incline. Lots of great places to stop and take in the beautiful views!

walking
5 months ago

Very flat, easy trail with great views. We started from Otter Point and more parking there. We had our Labrador Retriever with us on a hot day and had to turn around once we got to the walkway with a brick wall on the ocean side because it cut off all breeze for the dog and he was dying of the heat. The trail is also only really one person wide so it is hard to pass people without the dog getting into their space.

5 months ago

Incredible views. Easy walking trail

5 months ago

Beautiful views of the ocean!

5 months ago

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

5 months 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
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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
6 months ago

6 months ago

veiw beautiful.

6 months ago

Great views.

7 months ago

This is an easy path with incredible views.

7 months ago

Easy trail with absolutely beautiful and amazing views!

hiking
7 months 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
7 months ago

Beautiful views, relaxing hiking.

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful scenic stroll along the coast.

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