Explore the most popular nature trips 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 month 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.

Ventured down to MDI to try a combo of trails/loops. This loop is weak and mad easy unless you tie it into a 12 mile figure 8. We were going at an easy- moderate pace and up top in 14 minutes and that was with my older dog. If you re trying to bag all the hills in Acadia then using this loop will provide you time to hit numerous others in a day like Acadia Mtn which takes maybe 22 minutes.

hiking
1 month 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.

We absolutely loved this hike! We went up Perpendicular, not down, so it was some Spiderman stair climbing from this one who is terrified of heights. Razorback was my guy's favorite part of this hike. The views at the top we're stunning (posting pics). This hike kicked my butt. While short compared to what we normally do, the steepness and rock faces took a steadier step. Loved the changes in terrain, the views, and that we saw no one else until the very end. Beautiful!

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

beautiful trail

hiking
2 months ago

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

Nice easy hike. Pretty views.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 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.

Step and nice uphill on steps, down has views and is interesting. The summit has no views but a good lookout nearby. Not difficult but step ascent.
Don't wonder about the side track in the recording, its most likely an error. Reduce the altitude accordant to get to the accurate number.

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
3 months ago

Very short and easy hike, not very crowded.

Awesome!

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