Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Very nice little hike. A bit crowded but worth it, especially with the pebble beach and lovely bay at the end.

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

Excellent trail, especially good for kiddos. 5 year old had no problem for entire hike, and terrain was never too aggressive for him. 10 year old loved it, especially eh beach towards the end. Previous reviewers are absolutely correct: arrive early in the morning and the beach will be just yours when you arrive there. You'll arrive feeling as though it's your own private getaway. May be somewhat aggressive for dogs, but your average medium sized k9 wont have a challenge.

really beautiful, short, with a view and a beach!

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.

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

Surprise beach access. Easy and fun hike.

1 month ago

Very nice trail. Recommend doing later in the day so that the sun is shining across the water from behind you. Nice beach access ~halfway through the hike as well.

Pretty! You can go in the water too. Watch out for jellyfish!

I loved this trail. It offers so much to see, easy figure 8 trail that all could do. The views by the water are amazing. You can climb rocks by the water or just sit and take in the views. This was a wonderful surprise after the disappointing lighthouse.

This rating is solely based off of the hike continuing on to Valley Peak trail. After a good rain, it is quite slick! Definitely be careful, and wear good shoes. Keep an eye out for the blue markers to keep you on trail.

Beautiful trail with many photo opportunities. The harbor at the end has a great rock shelf & cold water for dipping your feet before going back to your car.

Great little hike! My husband and I brought our dogs and it was easy for them! Had beautiful views of the ocean at the top! Had no idea on the way down there would be access to a beach area! It was nice to just sit and take in all the views before heading back on the trail! Dogs do go swimming in the beach there so be careful of off leash pets.

Easy trail that takes you to a lovely spot on the rocks along the coast to enjoy the views. Take a lunch and relax on the rocks! The dog really enjoyed the rocks!

Easy trail that is a little steep at the very beginning. The rest of the loop is downhill. The views are amazing!

Beautiful stroll even in ugly weather like I had. Would definitely recommend it.. There are some rough uneven areas that could be tough for some.

The hike in the beginning up the ledge trail is roots and rocks and a bit steep. However once it levels off there are wooden planks, forest floors, and rock face scrambles. The most amazing views can be seen once you approach the Valley Peak trail. Had a snack overlooking the Sound and other area mountains. This trail was a bit slippery as it rained the night before. My new favorite hike on the quiet side of the park.

Beautiful and easy hike! Kid friendly!

Great hike! We enjoyed it and so did our dog!

Rocky trail with lots of uneven ground. Tough on the knees! The peak of St. Sauveur isn’t particularly breathtaking, but once you start walking along Valley Peak it’s pretty much an incredible view the whole stretch. The little detour for the waterfall is totally worth it, you can easily climb next to or to the top of it and sit in the shade to enjoy the view. We cheated and walked back down Man O’ War, which is a flat path (old access road?). All in all a pleasant hike through woods, steady incline, and beautiful views.

3 months ago

Not really any views until you get to the top pf Bernard.

My wife and I did this trail for the first time and loved it! Easy trail with great views!

3 months ago

Nice easy walk. During low tide, it can kinda stink when you get near the middle of the figure 8.

Loved this trail. Mostly pretty easy with just a bit if challenge at the beginning. The ocean views at the top are gorgeous. Was a great hike and one if my favs.

Super easy trail, probably perfect for trail running. Amazing views. Doable for any skill level.

9 months ago

Can't say enough about this little trail! only down side was we did this first and then nothing could compare to the beauty, peace and diversity. Cliffs, forest, stone paths, rocky beach, raised wood paths and amazing views! We walked down on to the stone beach and when we went back to the main trail we walked into a deer quite literally. There was no one there. (it was a little after 1:30pm on a Friday) I could have stayed there all day and can't wait to go back. fyi great short trail for kids but would recommend keeping any eye on them near the cliffs. No kids? No problem! This trail can go from easy to moderate if you decide climb up and down the granite cliffs like we did. In short it could take you 45 min or from 1:30 to 4:00 if you want to climb around and explore... and you should definitely explore!

9 months ago

Interesting trail. Root and stones along with boulder scrambling. Fun short hike with gorgeous views!

9 months ago

Beautiful forest setting with nice views both at the small summit and down at the lake. Relatively easy traversing.

Awesome trail with nice viewpoints and scenery!

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