Hiking Acadia National Park
by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Dolores Kong & Dan Ring/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The idea of a trail only available at low tide is intriguing, although my family and I were quite disappointed when we actually completed the trail. I do realize this trail should not be compared to long, strenuous hikes with views from thousands of feet high but this hike still ranks quite below some shore paths in my book. For one, the trail is the most crowded I have ever seen on the island and because of this, the serene feeling of doing a nature walk gets obstructed. Also, the hike itself is quite flat with mediocre views due to trees. My recommendation would be to take a drive over to Southwest Harbor and try the Ship Harbor trail for better views and a nicer hike.
The romance of this little jaunt across the bay to Bar Island ay low tide is depleted by the cars allowed on the 'trail', which is over fifty feet wide when sea is fully pulled back. Some are just parking for dinner. I would like to give this another chance when the bar just appears over the waves.
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