Bar Island Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

Distance0.7mi
Elevation Gain131ft
Trailhead Elevation5ft
Top79ft
Elevation Min/Max0/79ft
Elevation Start/End5/5ft

Bar Island Trail

Bar Island Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Bar Island and Acadia National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 5 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 131 feet. The Bar Island coastline can be seen along the trail.

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Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides)
Dolores Kong & Dan Ring
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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." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides)
Dolores Kong & Dan Ring
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"A low-tide walk leads to a rocky island off 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, 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." Read more
Discover Acadia National Park (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jerry & Marcy Monkman
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"Take an easy, scenic bike ride from Bar Harbor to Jordan Pond." Read more
Discover Acadia National Park (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jerry & Marcy Monkman
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"This moderate road bike ride goes from Bar Harbor to scenic Ocean Drive." Read more
Discover Acadia National Park (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jerry & Marcy Monkman
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"Walk to the beach from downtown Bar Harbor and enjoy both mountain and ocean views." Read more

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7/15/2015
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.
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9/4/2006
A fairly easy trail within easy walk of downtown. Nice view back to Bar Harbor. Good break from the crowds.
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7/14/2006
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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6/23/2002
A fun walk to Bar Island. But watch out for the mud.
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Trail Information

Acadia National Park
Nearby City
Bar Island
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Acadia National Park, (207) 288-3338
Local Contacts
AMC’s Acadia national Park discovery Map: C8, C7, d7, E7
Local Maps

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Dec 2018