Bar Island Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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The hike to Bar Island, a satisfying short hike in a less crowded area of Acadia, will bring out the adventurous spirit in every member of the family. Hikers cross over to the island along a sandbar at low tide, head to the eastern tip of the island for an oceanside picnic, and return before the rising water has covered the sandbar (at high tide, to a depth of 6 to 8 feet!). Put an older child (with adult supervision) in charge of keeping track of the time and tide schedule. If you would like more time to explore, plan a private, extended stay on Bar Island between twice-daily low tides.
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

The hike to Bar Island, a satisfying short hike in a less crowded area of Acadia, will bring out the adventurous spirit in every member of the family.

Hikers cross over to the island along a sandbar at low tide, head to the eastern tip of the island for an oceanside picnic, and return before the rising water has covered the sandbar (at high tide, to a depth of 6 to 8 feet!). Put an older child (with adult supervision) in charge of keeping track of the time and tide schedule. If you would like more time to explore, plan a private, extended stay on Bar Island between twice-daily low tides.

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Bar Harbor
Driving Directions: Directions to Bar Island Trail

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