Great Head Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine 04673

Elevation Gain513ft
Trailhead Elevation74ft
Elevation Min/Max8/153ft
Elevation Start/End74/74ft

Great Head Trail

Great Head Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 74 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 513 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Great Head (elevation 105 feet) can be seen along the trail.

Great Head Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Great Head Trail loops around the outside of Great Head with many fine views. The trail passes over the highest sea cliffs on the US Atlantic Coast.

The hike also offers access to Sand Beach—one of the only sand beaches east of Penobscot Bay. This short, easy loop is one of the classic hikes in Acadia National Park. There are very few sand beaches east of Penobscot Bay, so it's no surprise that Sand Beach in Acadia National Park is one of the most popular spots in the park."

"A hike on a sand beach and along oceanside cliffs. Sand beach is a rarity in this part of Maine. This is one of the few sandy, protected beaches in the area. The views of the mountains of Acadia and of offshore islands are breathtaking. General location: Great Head on the southeast coast of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park.

Walk down to the beach and head east, crossing a small stream flowing from a freshwater lagoon behind the beach. Head for the far corner of the beach and look for a wooden trail post and stone steps leading up to a clearing with a huge millstone."

"This is a beach walk followed by a wooded climb to the 145-foot cliffs of Great Head, which overlook the Atlantic Ocean."

"Great Head epitomizes what most Acadia fans love about this park; here, the mountains reach out to meet the ocean. The cliffs that rise over the rocky shoreline provide a unique look at some of the best scenery Acadia has to offer. Kids will delight in the distant rumbling of Thunder Hole and the short-range views of the nearby beach (Acadia’s only sandy beach and one of the few sandy beaches on this section of the Maine coast).

This relatively easy and tremendously rewarding walk will appeal to kids of all ages and ability levels. Summer visitors can enjoy a post-hike swim with lifeguard supervision at Sand Beach."

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