Ship Harbor Nature Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine 04612

Ship Harbor Nature Trail

Ship Harbor Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A self-guided tour of a coastal spruce forest, a rocky headland, and a fjord-like harbor. This hike is perfect for families with children.

The trail folder, available at the trailhead, describes thirteen different aspects of the area's natural history. Ship Harbor is long, narrow, and lined with rocky bluffs, much like a fjord. The trail begins as a gravel path leading through alders and other pioneer vegetation."

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"Ship Harbor is a small cove, connected to the ocean by a narrow, granite-lined channel. The cove is a roughly round, shallow pool surrounded by dense forest. The hike follows the shore of Ship Harbor to the rockbound coast.

There is no beach at the shore, only a jumble of broken granite and low cliffs. Fingers of forest extend out into the jumble of rock. Visible in the distance are Great Gott Island, and farther east the Cranberry Islands. It is perhaps the most iconic landscape in Acadia National Park."

"America’s national parks are full of long, difficult routes to spectacular locations. Equally impressive are our park’s many nature trails—trails that showcase the flora and fauna preserved by those who have gone before us for the betterment of the countless generations that follow.

The Ship Harbor Trail in Acadia is one such place where Mount Desert Island’s rugged coastline, thick evergreen forests, and sea life stand on display accessible to the vast majority of park visitors. Visit Ship Harbor throughout the year, witness the changing tides, marvel at the rising and setting sun, and take in the abundant beauty of Maine’s unique coast."

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The Ship Harbor Nature Trail is awesome! Great learning resource and super for kids of all ages. My wife hiked this with me and she is a beginner, no problems! Trail brings you along the rocky shore and you get classic "Maine Views" of pines and ocean. The little brochure is a must as it guides you through the hike. The Bass Harbor Lighthouse is right down the road too!

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Trail Information

Acadia National Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round, but April through November is best, since the trail over the headland can be risky when the rocks are coated with frozen spray.
Acadia National Park, (207) 288-3338
Local Contacts
Acadia National Park map; DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

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Oct 2018