Looking for a great trail near Mount Desert, Maine? AllTrails has 50 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. Ready for some activity? There are 32 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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bridge out
muddy
9 days ago

An easy trail but they are rebuilding part of the trail and the detour was thick mud. Hopefully they finish soon! Also, it was heavily trafficked so if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful walk this might not be the one to pick.

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

We did this hike with our 7 & 9 year old daughters and our 1 year old vizsla-lab mix and it was the favorite of our vacation. Areas of the trail involve some steep climbing and you have to be careful of foot placement but the views are worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Many less people than the rest of Acadia. Appreciated less crowds!

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

So much fun!! loved the big rocks, the view too! Do this! It’s for sure hard but a lot of kids on this trail!

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
10 days ago

You have to walk in a ton of my because they are building a new walkway! A beautiful walkway, but it’s a muddy disaster!!! The hike was pretty easy and more like an easy stroll around a beautiful lake until the massive climbing around the rocks you had to do- that was fun! Actually, the mud was fun too!

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

This trail was great, but should be listed as difficult. We would have reconsidered the trail seeing as my husband had our 3 year on his back. Should be reserved for adults and older children. There are a lot of areas of vertical rock face which are very challenging. Thankfully we followed the advice of the other hikers and hiked counter clockwise. Those rock faces would have been difficult and dangerous to go down.

hiking
scramble
10 days ago

Very enjoyable hike with beautiful views of Somes Sound. There were quite a few challenging scrambles on the east side of the loop. We started at 8 am on a sunny Sunday and the parking area was only half full. We went counter-clockwise and, by the time we neared the summit, the trail was quite crowded with hikers going clockwise. Not exactly the solitude we prefer but still a fun hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Loved this trail! We went clockwise as suggested, and I definitely would recommend the same. There were some tough areas, but the view was well worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail, very few people. I would say the tail is VERY easy.

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

a very easy trail with some incredible views. the raw nature was gorgeous and it was cool to see so many creatures so close in their natural habitat! a very peaceful hike but also very muddy on the backside. wear a pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty!

hiking
11 days ago

great hike! once you go up from the bubbles divide, it’s a moderate incline with some steps and rocks. the views are gorgeous and you can get close to the bubble. i would highly recommend! do take the hike from the bubbles parking lot though, the climb from jordan pond is pretty strenuous.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail was so fun!! My special friend and I biked it and found it to be fantastic!! The views were spectacular!!! The bike ride was not difficult, and I have not done a lot of bike riding. There were some uphill slopes that gave me a good little workout, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Well worth every minute and the aching bike seat area the next day!!

hiking
closed
12 days ago

Closed for Peregrine Falcon Nesting March 15 to August 15. Other trails in the area were nice, but more elevation.

hiking
12 days ago

I could go on this trail everyday if I could.. the view is simply majestic. It’s such a wonderful view, I’d encourage you not to zoom by it.. take the time and take a break every mile, to sit and enjoy the view, maybe pack a granola bar. It’s very kid friendly, I took my 7 & 9 year old girls, and they loved it. There are some rocky areas..and there was a muddy detour area (July 2019), but when you see the “volunteer at work” sign, somehow you don’t mind it as much, just make sure your shoes can take some mud..(you’re hiking after all). Some of the walk is on boards, which was really nice. Highly recommended!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike, not too difficult but would not bring younger children that need assistance. Awesome views at the top

hiking
bugs
muddy
private property
rocky
13 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

I loved this trail, but wish I had hiked/climbed in a clockwise fashion. The decent of 500’ elevation over 2/10 of a mile was steep. I am 6’3 so I manage to lower myself down a couple of areas I am not sure my wife would have been able to do (5’3) but I was hiking alone. It would have been a really fun climb up. The views atop the South Bubble are spectacular. After descending and taking a peak at Jordan Pond from the shore, I started back to the Bubbles parking lot. I had 40 minutes until my wife was picking me up so I was trying to decide whether or not to go back up to the North Bubble. Another joker talked me into it since I was alone and could set my own pace. I jogged up in 15 minutes, enjoyed the views for 5 minutes (great place to enjoy a lunch with the family) and hustled down in 21 minutes! I a weigh 250 lbs so that seemed like a feat to me, but glad I did it. I should have did the North Bubble the first time I started up the South Bubble...but I earned a nice big lunch with the run!

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