Schoodic Head Overlook and The Anvil Loop Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Acadia National Park

Schoodic Head Overlook and The Anvil Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Birch Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 482 feet Route Type: Loop

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private property
2 months ago

Not a trail. Unfriendly owners.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Started in East trail. Some steep areas. Glad we went up that section and not down. The Anvil trail was super fun. Not hard at all. We did the road section last and it worked out well.

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rocky
8 months ago

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9 months ago

nice loop started at East trail to Anvil. pretty views throughout.

If you're looking to escape the masses at MDI, this is a great choice. Recommend starting at Blueberry Hill and doing the road section first. Views along the shoreline in this section of Schoodic are spectacular. The East Trail has one short very steep section. Being the day after significant rain, there were a lot of loose slippery rocks, but nothing too difficult. Trail was easy to lose in a few spots on the East Trail and Anvil Trail. Would not recommend descending the East Trail. Schoodic Overlook was fine, but the Anvil had fantastic views. The Anvil trail itself was fun. Definitely the best way to end this short loop.

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10 months ago

Great views along a moderately difficult trail. The trail is fairly easy; steep in several areas; a number of rock obstacles to traverse. Challenging but not too hard for even a new hiker. During the hike, which I started at 8:00 am, I saw no other hikers. I parked at Blueberry Hill and no one else was parked there. It gave me a chance to enjoy solitude along the trail and capture some quiet time at the overlooks. BTW: while both are awesome, I thought the Anvil overlook was exceptionally better than the Schoodic Head overlook. Great loop trail.

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10 months ago

The East Trail is not marked at all. I had to pay attention to the surroundings at all times or get lost. However the trail is beautiful and worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, we were glad to walk back on the road and do some bird watching along the coast. Not as fun as the beehive trail, but still fun with great views at the top.

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rocky
Fri May 17 2019

Low-trafficked hike out on the Schoodic Peninsula with some easy rock step climbing. Would also recommend even if it’s rainy. Cocoa the Hiking Dog completed it with ease, even after a small squirrel mishap on top of the Head. Would highly recommend this hike if the main chunk of Acadia is too busy.

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Sat Oct 13 2018

Rained the whole time, actually enjoyed it. The east trail is basically a stream at that point. Some rock scrambling made a little tricker because of the water. A long stretch of this trail is actually a road to connect the east trail and the anvil trail. Amazing views when I had visibility.

Sat Sep 22 2018

We added a little extra distance and a little more craggy climbing by starting on the Alder Trail and picking up the Anvil off the service road. Seeing the USGS mapmaking medallion from 1860 at Schoodic Head was cool. So was sunning ourselves on the rocks at the shore when we finished.

Fri Sep 14 2018

Loved this trail. It’s one of my all time favorites because of the beautiful terrain, a workout but not too strenuous, and we only ran into 1 other set of hikers

Mon Aug 27 2018

One of my favorite trails in Acadia. Schoodic Peninsula is rarely crowded. No better place to feel like you have the whole park to yourself. This loop trail contains so much variation of landscape and geology. Grab a snack after this hike on the gorgeous rocky shoreline.

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Mon Aug 27 2018

The beginning of the hike is fairly steep. The overlooks are very nice. The hike is a mix of tree roots and climbing on rocks. This part of Acadia NP is really quiet.

Tue May 01 2018

It was a tough hike over the rocks but a beautiful hike through the woods. Trail well marked on the way up to overlook but we had to guess in spots coming down. The only person we saw was from the Schoodic Research getting ready for nature walks in the summer. The last part of the walk was on the road which wasn’t so bad because it was next to the water.

Thu Aug 31 2017

We saw a pod of dolphins jumping through the waves very close to the rocks. So cool!

Tue Aug 01 2017

The climb up the mountain is a little tougher than you'd guess but it's a quick and easy hike. Did it at 8 am on a summer Saturday and only saw one other group of 2 people on the trail, a nice change of pace for Acadia.

Wed Jun 14 2017

The beginning was a little tricky but the view at the overlook was totally worth it. 10/10 would hike again.

hiking
7 months ago

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