Explore the most popular birding trails near Southwest Harbor with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

great short walk good views.

Views are incredible!!! Great for trail running. Many beautiful spots to stop and take in the beauty.

Great scenic trail and wonderful for taking the pups.

Beautiful views as you approach the summit!

This is a very nice hike and dog friendly. I’d start clockwise also and finish by the water. The first two miles have the incline and there are a fair amount of rocks but very manageable. It’s very enjoyable for a 5 mile hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Mostly easy with moderate short rocky sections. Plenty of opportunities for pictures, multiple off main trail paths to scenic areas. Not a lot of parking spaces at trail head.

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!

Wonderful moderate trail with lots of great views.

hiking
29 days ago

Wonderful short walk/hike around harbor to great granite rock ocean overlook! On a sunny day, many beautiful spots to sit and have lunch, bask in the sun while listening to the ocean and watching wildlife in and around both sides of the harbor. Can follow rocks and climb along the coast to other harbors and to other trails. Nice short day walk!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked only the lake portion and only a bit. We were looking for easy end of day lake scenery hike. Definitely great for that. Stopped once the rock walking got heavier. We are over 70. FYI.

Beautiful trail and an easy walk.

Beautiful trail. The real treat about this trail is all the tide pooling that can be done a few hours before low tide...kids had a blast on this trail because of it.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful trail

hiking
1 month ago

The walk along the ocean has beautiful views.. good for kids

Nice easy hike. Pretty views.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful place

Great little hike. Fun to look in the tide pools. Wear bug spray!

Nice easy morning walk

Beautiful hike. At low tide, the cove was almost completely cut off from the ocean - just a little stream between them that you can walk out into.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy maneuvered hike. Lots a beautiful trees and flowers to see, the beach was covered with people combing it! It was a hidden gem that I’m glad we found!

If you're looking for a short hike to view rocky coastlines this is definitely one providing the most bang for your buck. It's a figure 8 loop trail; half through lush forest and half along an ocean cove. Views at the end of this trail are breathtaking. Rarely crowded, located on the "less popular" side of Acadia NP.

hiking
2 months ago

We combined Wonderland and Ship Harbor by climbing on the shore/rocks from one to the other. The trail is super easy (maybe even a bit boring) but the shore is super fun and beautiful. Especially with kids its a lot of fun.

Fantastic diverse trail...easy, but not too easy. A few rocks and a section of roots. The view of the harbor and then out to the bay is breathtaking!

hiking
2 months ago

Very short and easy hike, not very crowded.

Awesome!

Great trail to begin the week. Amazing views of the water.

I live on MDI and have made it my goal to hike every mountain; so far, this has been my favorite as it is challenging but not too strenuous. Since it’s an out of the way spot, there aren’t many other hikers. The views are amazing! If you hike at the right time you will also get a chance to snack on an abundance of blueberries. I love the fact that they have even made a spot at the Bernard mountain overlook to leave messages. I will definitely hike this again soon!

Great trail, lots of blueberries in July and beautiful views the whole way.

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