Bar Island Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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A low-tide walk leads to a rocky island o Bar Harbor, providing a unique perspective back toward town and its mountain backdrop. The trail can also offer a close-up view of seagulls feeding, as they drop mussels from midair to crack open the shells, or starfish exposed by the tide. The Bar Island Trail is a short, easy jaunt within shouting distance of Bar Harbor, but you feel transported to another world. That is the beauty of being on an island, even a small one, so close to a busy summer resort town.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

A low-tide walk leads to a rocky island o Bar Harbor, providing a unique perspective back toward town and its mountain backdrop.

The trail can also offer a close-up view of seagulls feeding, as they drop mussels from midair to crack open the shells, or starfish exposed by the tide. The Bar Island Trail is a short, easy jaunt within shouting distance of Bar Harbor, but you feel transported to another world. That is the beauty of being on an island, even a small one, so close to a busy summer resort town.

© 2016 Dolores Kong & Dan Ring/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Bar Island Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/15/2015
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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.


7/14/2006
0

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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