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Best trails in Mount Desert

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Looking for a great trail near Mount Desert, Maine? AllTrails has 54 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Acadia National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Grant Park or Dodge Point Public Reserved Land. Ready for some activity? There are 35 moderate trails in Mount Desert ranging from 0.9 to 6.9 miles and from 65 to 1,364 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Jordan Pond Full Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Great views on a lot of the walk around the lake. This trail can get crowded at points, especially on the parts where there were narrower wooden walkways for paths. Go early, as it can be difficult to find a parking spot due to its traffic. The backdrop of the pond and bubbles are beautiful as you meander through the woods along the pond. The boardwalks are unique, and outside of a couple muddy spots, a trail that is very enjoyable and easy. Note: There’s a section with some rocky terrain but other than that it’s a flat, easy, peaceful walk suitable for just about anyone. There are a couple sandy areas as well where people can step aside and relax on the shore. Dogs, swimming, and wading are not allowed in the pond!Show more
#2 - South Bubble Mountain and Jordan Pond Loop
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 54 m
A short loop hike to the top of Bubble Mountain and the teetering boulder then return via Jordan Pond. A fun loop hike up to the top of a rocky mountain called South Bubble which has a very cool large glacial erratic left over from the last ice age. It is perched on the very edge of the steep cliff face and looks like it could be pushed off. The trail then descends to the north end of Jordan Pond for some great views. Unfortunately there is no swimming here. Then you'll follow a nice carriage road back to the trailhead. Please note: while it is dog friendly, there are some rock faces and sections of this trail that are fairly tricky for dogs. Show more
#3 - Acadia Mountain and St. Sauveur Mountain Trail Loop
Acadia National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#4 - Penobscot Mountain Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Note: Trail can be CLOSED in the east sections due to bird nesting. Please check with the park page for more information. This is a great hike that starts out with a steep climb with a bit of scrambling up the spring trail. The Penobscot trail is mainly on rock top with very little shade, but a steady incline to the the top. The views on top are totally worth it.Show more
#5 - Cadillac Summit Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 9 m
This short, family-friendly walking trail has breathtaking views of the coast. Accessibility: Although this trail is fully paved and typically at least three feet wide, there is a steep section at about 0.2 miles where the grade is 15%. This can be avoided by turning around at 0.1 miles and making this an out-and-back route instead of a full loop if too steep for wheelchairs and strollers. The rest of the trail has an average grade of 4%.Show more
#6 - Beech Mountain Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 43 m
#7 - Jordan Pond West Side Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#8 - Jordan Pond to South Bubble Summit
Acadia National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#9 - Pemetic North and South Ridge Trails
Acadia National Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
#10 - Sargent Mountain and Gilmore Peak via Giant Slide Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
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