Bernard Mountain Trail

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Acadia National Park

Bernard Mountain Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Southwest Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
8 months ago

This may just be my new favorite trail, even though it was the hardest I’ve done to date. The array of diversity was intoxicating - all of the moss right after the the start, the more technical challenging climb, the stunning views halfway up, followed by a impressive array of fungi/mushrooms, a magical forest, the smell of pine.... and all in solitude? It was heaven. We parked in a little dirt area right off of Seal Cove Drive, and took the West side trail to Bernard’s summit. It took us about 4 hours, but didn’t at all feel like such! I can’t wait to go back one day, it was such a lovely day.

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rocky
10 months ago

Loved this trail. Went in expecting to run most of it. Ended up running about 200 yards. Was quite the climb up and was a lot of fun to do a more technical run on the way down. Probably best for a nice easy hike. Only saw one other person on trial.

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Fri Oct 19 2018

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Sat Sep 29 2018

Great, solitary hike in the rain. No people, beautiful views on the way up and down that would be great for sunset. No views at the top as it is very wooded, but forest trail is full of dark evergreens with a soft, mossy floor. Very quiet!

hiking
Thu May 03 2018

Not really any views until you get to the top pf Bernard.

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Sun Aug 27 2017

Great exercise, not much scenery

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Wed Jun 12 2013

Nice hike through the forest. Not hard at all

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Sat Aug 11 2018

recorded dark and light

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Fri Aug 03 2018

Tue May 29 2018