Hiking Information

Acadia's many foot trails, from lowland paths to mountain routes, suit the casual walker to the avid hiker.
There are over 120 miles of hiking trails in Acadia National Park.
Trails range from short, level surf walks to steep Precipice Trail.
Connecting trails enable hardy hikers to scale several Acadia peaks in one trip.
Between 1915 and 1933, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., financed and directed the building of 57 miles of carriage roads. These carriage roads are a network of woodland roads free of motor vehicles, for hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and carriages.

Distances are in Miles / Kilometers and round trip



Trail
Distance
Difficulty
Begins At
Description
Acadia Mountain
2.5/4.0
Strenuous
Acadia Mtn Parking Area
Views of Somes Sound, steep descent
to fire road
Bar Harbor Shore Path
1.0 / 1.6
Very Easy
Town pier in Bar Harbor
Harbor and island view
Bar Island
Varies
Easy
Bridge Street off West St in Bar Harbor
Sand bar to forested island
Beech Mountain
1.2 / 1.9
Moderate
Follow signs from Somesville to Beech Mtn
Vista of Long Pond on the NW route
Beehive
0.8 / 1.3
Strenuous
100 ft north of Sand Beach Parking Area
Woods to exposed cliffs
Bowl
1.4 / 2.2
Moderate
100 ft north of Sand Beach Parking Area
Forest to granite ledges and pond
Bubble Rock
1.0 / 1.6
Moderate
Bubble Parking Area
Forest with occasional views, Jordan
Pond view
Cadillac Mtn North Ridge
4.4 / 7.0
Moderate
North Ridge Cadillac Parking Area
Open ascent, Bar Harbor View
Cadillac Mtn South Ridge
7.4 / 22.8
Strenuous
100 ft south of Blackwoods Campground entrance
Forest opening to gentle granite
ascent
Cadillac Summit
0.3 / 0.5
Very Easy
Cadillac Summit Parking Area
Panoramic views of Frenchman Bay
Champlain Mountain
(Beachcroft)
2.4 / 3.8
Strenuous
North End of the Tarn (Rt 3)
Rocky open slopes
Champlain Mountain (Bear
Brook)
2.2 / 3.6
Moderate
Bear Brook Parking Area, 400 ft beyond Beaver Dam Pond
Pine slope, vistas of Frenchman Bay
Dorr Mountain
4.8 / 7.7
Strenuous
Canon Brook Parking Area (Rt 3)
Forest to steep granite ascent
Gorham Mountain
1.8 / 2.8
Moderate
Gorham Mt Parking Area
Forest opening to granite ascent
Great Head
1.4 / 2.2
Moderate
Eastern edge of Sand Beach
Sea cliffs
Jordan Pond Nature
1.0 / 1.6
Very Easy
Jordan Pond Parking Area
Forest
Jordan Pond Shore
3.3 / 4.3
Moderate
Jordan Pond Parking Area
(not the restaurant parking area)
Follows Water's edge, rocky sections
Mansell Moutain
2.0 / 3.2
Strenuous
South End of Long Pond (near Southwest Harbor)
Rocky stairstep with Long Pond
Most Carriage Roads
Varies
Moderate
Access at Jordan Pond, Bubble Pond, Eagle Lake, Brown, Mtn Gatehouse, visitor center, or Parkman Mtn
views
Norumbega Mountain
1.0 / 1.6
Strenuous
North of upper Haddock Pond
Steep ascent wooded summit
Ocean
3.0 / 6.0
Very Easy
Sand Beach or Otter Point Parking Area
Sand Beach to sea cliffs
Pemetic Mountain
2.4 / 3.8
Strenuous
Bubble Pond Parking Area
Forest to Ocean and lake view
Precipice
1.6 / 2.6
Strenuous
Precipice Parking Area
Exposed cliffs and ledges
Wonderland
1.4 / 2.2
Very Easy
1 mile south of Seawall Campground
Forest to rocky shoreline




Hiking Information
Hiking Hints

Bikes are not allowed on hiking trails.
Bury human waste in areas without toilets.
Carry out all trash, including toilet paper and cigarette buts.
Carry water.
Check for ticks after hiking.
Do not feed or disturb wildlife.
Dress for variable weather.
Fires are not permitted on trail.
Follow blue trail blazes and use a map.
Know the difficulty level of the trail.
Know your physical abilities/limitations.
Pets must be restrained on a leash.
Stay on the trail. Stepping off-trail tramples fragile plant life and causes erosion.
Step carefully on summits.
Rare subalpine plant species grow on many mountain tops. Step on rocks if possible.
There is no backcountry camping in Arcadia Park.
Wear sturdy hiking boots.