Sand Beach and Great Head Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Next to Sand Beach and jutting into the sea, the Great Head peninsula is in a perfect spot to break up lazy afternoons of lounging on the beach. With a relatively modest scramble up the rocky slope of Great Head, you reach spectacular views of the beach you just left behind, the Beehive, Champlain Mountain, Otter Cliff, Egg Rock, and the Cranberry Isles. Also visible just off the tip of the peninsula is an unusual rock formation called Old Soaker. Highlights: Acadia’s only ocean beach, made of sand, tiny shell fragments, and quartz pink feldspar; grand views from Great Head.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

Next to Sand Beach and jutting into the sea, the Great Head peninsula is in a perfect spot to break up lazy afternoons of lounging on the beach.

With a relatively modest scramble up the rocky slope of Great Head, you reach spectacular views of the beach you just left behind, the Beehive, Champlain Mountain, Otter Cliff, Egg Rock, and the Cranberry Isles. Also visible just off the tip of the peninsula is an unusual rock formation called Old Soaker. Highlights: Acadia’s only ocean beach, made of sand, tiny shell fragments, and quartz pink feldspar; grand views from Great Head.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Late April thru mid-November, weather depending
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 140 feet
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Sand Beach and Great Head Trail

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