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This path was as boring as this review. We didn't finish it...

Easy walk with a great rocky shoreline.

We did not hike the entire 24.5 miles, but this is as majestic a place as any.

16 hours ago

Hiked the trail July 2018 with my wife and dog. The trail was breathtaking in several areas. The vistas spectacular. I took Peter's advice and stopped at the brewery when we finished, he is right the ginger beer is fantastic! It's non alcoholic and considered a soda, the sour beer on tap was also great and tasted good after a day on the trail. We brought our own picnic lunch and stopped at Squeaker Cove to eat and look over the Atlantic, there were several other spots to picnic if you wanted.
My Garmin 60CSx GPS showed slightly longer than the 4.4 miles stated above at 4.7, but that could be I turned it on at the town center and not at the trail head. More importantly I showed 989 vertical feet of ascent over the trail compared with 538' stated above and it felt like a lot more than 500' of ascent. Some of the trail is rugged and steep in places but you don't get the great vistas on mild trails, other areas were quite easy. Well worth the time and effort if you are on the island.

This is an easy path with incredible views.

on Bar Harbor Shore Path

1 day ago

This is a super easy but very beautiful stroll along the waterfront. A great choice if you are looking for a walk anyone and everyone can do!

Gentle, flat walk along the water.

Great little hike for little tikes!

The agony lies between your adrenaline rush and the moment of the despair (especially when you accidentally looked down once), pretty scary I would say. Just be ready to use your muscles really wisely and coordinately to get yourself up when you are literally are surrounded with nothing but 2-3 iron handles in front of you.

Great view on the top!!! More of a mental game than a physical one! But worth it!!!

2 days ago

Absolutely amazing views! Make sure to bring lots of water and try to start on the earlier side. It's really sunny and hot during the summer time. Wouldn't suggest bringing kids on this trail.

Really fun trail. To be quite honest, there were a few parts that made me a little uneasy so if you’re truly afraid of heights or a newbie, I’d shy away from this one. The view is breathtaking though.

trail running
2 days ago

Well maintained. Well marked.

2 days ago

Views of the cove and ocean are amazing! The walk itself is nothing remarkable.

awesome trail. a little tougher than I had expected...was surprised to see some little children on it...

Beautiful views. Just the right amount of challenges for a family hike. I agree with the moderate rating. Great hike if you like to take pictures!

I absolutely loved this trail- going back for a second time shortly after because it was a lot of fun. Definitely need to watch your footing when climbing, with some parts being more difficult than others, but it’s worth it for the adrenaline rush and amazing views. The way up is pretty short in distance, and I chose to go down through the bowl trail rather than back down the beehive trail.

love this trail! I missed out on it the 1st time i was in Acadia since my wife does not do well with heights. This time with a little research i got her to do the bowl trail and head up the back of the beehive. I took beehive and we met 30 yrds from peak. she loved getting the views at the summit without having to do the heights. She loved her hike filled with mild scambling (with our 11 month old on her back) and I absolutely loved the beehive. i've done angels landing in zion and this is a short fun version on that. Will do multiple times everytime i return. Must do early, i only saw 8 people and we finished parking lot to parking lot in 1 hour.

3 days ago

Love this trail! Did it both times i was in acadia. I prefer going up steep rocks so I prefer to go counter clockwise. you choose when you cross sand beach, go up steps and come to giant circle stone. Go right for counter clock trail. Also my favorite part is scrambling down to the farthest out rocks at the ocean and seeing tide pools at the point. Great views looking back at sand beach and beehive if you do scramble down and look back.

I just love cliff walks around the ocean! This one was about a mile so not that long but did have great views an look out spots. Trail is pretty narrow in some spots and even though it’s rocky it’s still fine to do in flip flops with a baby in your back. Kid friendly. Parking can get a bit tricky tho.

This was a nice, lovely hike. It was as our first hike on our trip to Acadia National Park. It was not difficult, but it was a bit strenuous ascending. I had to stop to catch my breath a time or two. Also a very sunny hike. We took the path that led us to Sandy Beach, and the kids enjoyed getting their feet wet in the cold water:

Breathtaking views!!!

This is such an incredible hike. Definitely would not recommend for children because there were a lot of steep climbs that I can imagine would be scary. There’s ladder steps and metal bars to help you up. I went late afternoon on a Wednesday and there were only two groups with us. I can’t imagine doing this popular hike with many more people because it’s super narrow and you want to take your time. So worth it. I was skeptical about it being rated as the best hike in Acadia with it only being a short hike, but after doing a few others I definitely agree that this was the best hike!

Nice casual walking trail, several way points with swing benches to soak in the views, and be sure to check out the Fairy Community

Beautiful trail with sites that rival the busier areas of the park.

beautiful area. would like to return at low tide sometime to check out the island

Surprise beach access. Easy and fun hike.

Nice hike. Cold and cloudy at top, so could be nicer on different day. Gotham Mountain Trail has a little side hike called Cadillac Cliffs Trail - Highly recommended!

Fun! Not scary while you're doing it (unless you're afraid of heights, I suppose). Looks scarier in photos than it feels, because you always have something to hold on to.

Definitely a great hike, a bit scary for me but glad I did it.

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