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Acadia Vacation Planner - Hikes & Trails

This map shows the location, description, distance and rating of many of the hikes and trails in Acadia National Park.
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Beehive Trail
Park Loop Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
SUMMIT HEIGHT - 540 ft (165 m)

Wonderful views of Sand Beach and Great Head

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HIKES & TRAILS
This is a map of hikes & trails in Acadia National Park with descriptions, locations & directions, distance and ratings (when appropriate).
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Cadillac Mountain
Park Loop Rd
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
SUMMIT : VERY EASY - Panoramic views of Frenchman Bay.
TRAIL STARTS - Cadillac Summit Parking Lot.
ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - .3-mile loop (0.5-km)



NORTH RIDGE TRAIL : MODERATE - Open ascent, Frenchman Bay views.
TRAIL STARTS - North Ridge Trail Parking Area on the Park Loop Road.
ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 4.4 miles (7.0 km).

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SOUTH RIDGE TRAIL : DIFFICULT - Forest opening to gentle granite ascent.
TRAIL STARTS - Route 3, 100 feet south of entrance to Blackwoods Campground.
ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 7.4 miles. (11.8 km)

SUMMIT HEIGHT - 1528 ft (466 m)

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Cadillac Mountain - SOUTHRIDGE TRAILHEAD

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Thunder Hole
Park Loop Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Touristy stop, but can be interesting at incoming tide - particularly in stormy weather. Usually good photo opportunities.

No hills / peaks to climb. Stairway down to a viewing area.

Small gift shop in parking lot on right side of Park Loop Rd
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Cadillac Mountain - NORTHRIDGE TRAILHEAD
After turning onto one-way section of Park Loop Road - towards Sand Beach - go little less than 1/2 mile. Look for a small parking turnout on LEFT side of Park Loop Road. Marker for Northridge Trailhead is across the road on RIGHT side of road.

NORTH RIDGE TRAIL : MODERATE - Open ascent, Frenchman Bay views.
TRAIL STARTS - North Ridge Trail Parking Area on the Park Loop Road.
ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 4.4 miles (7.0 km).
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Cadillac Mountain - SOUTHRIDGE TRAILHEAD
SOUTH RIDGE TRAIL : DIFFICULT - Forest opening to gentle granite ascent.
TRAIL STARTS - Route 3, 100 feet south of entrance to Blackwoods Campground.
ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 7.4 miles. (11.8 km)

SUMMIT HEIGHT - 1528 ft (466 m)
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Bubble Rock
Park Loop Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
SUMMIT HEIGHT - 872 ft (266 m)

Forest with occasional views, Jordan Pond views at peak.
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Gorham Mountain
Park Loop Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
MODERATE - Forest opening to granite ascent. Magnificent views of Sand Beach & Thunder Hole from summit.


ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 1.8 miles (2.9 km)

SUMMIT HEIGHT - 522 ft (159 m)

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Great Head Trail
Park Loop Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
MODERATE - Granite steps at beginning of trail lead to path that will take you towards the pink granite cliffs. Fairly steep climb at times, there are plenty of places to stop and look back over Sand Beach and Beehive. Once at the top, it's nice stroll along paths and outcroppings.

TRAIL STARTS - at the eastern end of Sand Beach. You can park at Sand Beach and walk across beach to trailhead

ROUNDTRIP - 1.4 miles (2.2 km)
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Acadia Mountain
Rte. 102
Mt. Desert, ME
SUMMIT HEIGHT - 680 ft (207 m)

DIFFICULT - One of the most popular trails, Acadia Mountain is accessed from a parking area along Route 102 about two miles south of Somesville on the way to Southwest harbor on the western side of Mount Desert Island. Rangers frequently lead hikes up Acadia as part of their regular summer programs. The trail goes up and over the summit of Acadia Mountain for a one way distance of about 1 and 1/4 miles and a vertical climb of under 700 feet. Return can be via the fire road along the brook between Acadia and St. Sauveur Mountains, or you can keep going up St. Sauveur and continue down to the parking area at it's base along Route 102 about 1/2 mile south of the Acadia Mountain parking area. Views from Acadia are of Somes Sound and the entrance to Southwest Harbor

TRAILS STARTS - Parking area on Route 102 about two miles south of Somesville

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 2.5 miles (4.0 km)

SUMMIT HEIGHT - 680 ft (207 m)

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Mansell Mountain (Perpendicular Trail)
Southwest Harbor, ME
DIFFICULT - Rocky staircase with views of Long Pond.

TRAIL STARTS - South end of Long Pond (near Southwest Harbor).

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Mansell Mountain (Perpendicular Trail) TRAILHEAD. Use this for DRIVING DIRECTIONS.

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 2 miles (3.2 km)

SUMMIT HEIGHT - 938 ft (286 m)

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Mansell Mountain (Perpendicular Trail) - [trailhead]
Long Pond Rd
Southwest Harbor, ME
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Precipice
Park Loop Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
DIFFICULT - Not recommended for small children. Iron rungs and ladders on exposed cliffs, very steep.

Note: Trail is often closed in May - mid-August due to peregrine falcons breeding on the cliffs. - jeff

TRAIL STARTS - Precipice Parking Area.

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 1.6 miles. (2.6 km)

SUMMIT HEIGHT - 1060 ft (323 m)

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Acadia Mountain [trailhead]
Mt. Desert,
Parking Area for Acadia Mountain.

DIFFICULT - One of the most popular trails, Acadia Mountain is accessed from a parking area along Route 102 about two miles south of Somesville on the way to Southwest harbor on the western side of Mount Desert Island. Rangers frequently lead hikes up Acadia as part of their regular summer programs. The trail goes up and over the summit of Acadia Mountain for a one way distance of about 1 and 1/4 miles and a vertical climb of under 700 feet. Return can be via the fire road along the brook between Acadia and St. Sauveur Mountains, or you can keep going up St. Sauveur and continue down to the parking area at it's base along Route 102 about 1/2 mile south of the Acadia Mountain parking area. Views from Acadia are of Somes Sound and the entrance to Southwest Harbor

TRAILS STARTS - Parking area on Route 102 about two miles south of Somesville

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 2.5 miles (4.0 km)
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Beech Mountain
SUMMIT HEIGHT - 841 ft (256 m)

These rugged cliffs offer spectacular views of Echo Lake and there's a fire tower at the summit.

TRAIL STARTS : Follow 102 South and take a right onto Pretty Marsh Road. Take a left onto Ripples Road. Ripples Road becomes Beech Hill Road. Follow Beech Hill Road to Beech Mountain.

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE : 1.2 miles (1.9 km)

SUMMIT : 841 ft. (256 m)

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Beech Mountain - Valley Trail [trailhead]
Parking Area for Beech Mountain - Valley Trail

Beech Mountain lies between Echo Lake and Great Pond (Long Pond on some maps). Its summit is easy to reach from either the Beech Cliff parking area or the pumping station area at the foot of Great Pond. Beech Mountain can also be climbed on its southwest flank, beginning at the south end of Great Pond. An added attraction near Beech Mountain is the Beech Cliff-Canada Cliff area just to the east of the Beech Cliff parking area. These rugged cliffs offer spectacular views of Echo Lake. {from Maine Resource Guide}
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Beehive [trailhead]
Parking for Beehive on the Loop Rd. or at Sand Beach Lot.

MODERATE / DIFFICULT - There are 2 trails up to the top of Beehive - 1 is a moderate climb, the other is more DIFFICULT and not recommended for small children - iron rungs on ledges of exposed cliffs. Your party can split at a trail head and meet up with each other at the top. The more DIFFICULT climb is to the RIGHT when the trail splits.

TRAIL STARTS - 100 feet north of Sand Beach Parking Area.

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 0.8 miles (1.3 km)
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Bubble Rock [trailhead]
Parking Area for Bubble Rock


MODERATE - Forest with occasional views, Jordan Pond views.

TRAIL STARTS - Bubble Rock Parking Area.

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 1.0 mile. (1.6 km)
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Day Mountain
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Dorr Mountain
DIFFICULT - This trail will take you over hundreds of stone steps leading up to the Dorr mountain segment. There are also metal ladders / stairs to take you over the big boulders. At the summit, and along the way, you will have views of Frenchman's Bay, Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor, pink granite rocks, and forests.

This mountain is named for the founder of Acadia National Park.

STARTING POINT - This is NOT a well marked trailhead. Look for an opening in the bushes just South of the Tarn. The trailhead is actually southeast of this point.

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Dorr Mountain (Ladder Trail) - TRAILHEAD

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 4 miles (6.4 km)

SUMMIT - 1265 ft (386 m)


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Dorr Mountain - Canon Brook Trail & Ladder Trail [trailhead]
DIFFICULT - A steady and sometimes steep climb, the first section is terraced with granite steps.

TRAIL STARTS : Canon Brook parking area off Route 3.

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE : CANON BROOK TRAIL - 4.8 miles (7.7 km) --- LADDER TRAIL (More Difficult) - 3.5 miles (5.63 km)

SUMMIT : 1,265 feet (386 m)
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Flying Mountain
Flying Mountain is one of the lowest peaks in Acadia, yet it offers some of the best views. It can be climbed as part of a short out-and-back scramble or a longer loop.

This scenic trail over tiny Flying Mountain leaves the east side of the parking area at the Fernald Cove end of the Valley Cove truck road and rises quickly to the summit. It follows the summit ridge north to a point overlooking Valley cove, then descends quickly and steeply through spruce woods. At the edge of Valley Cove, the trail follows the shore north over rock slides and under forbidding Eagle Cliff to end at a junction with the Acadia Mountain Trail at Man O'War Brook.

At Valley Cove, the north terminus of the truck road can be located up the bank about 75 yards south from the water's edge. For an easy return to the Fernald Cove parking area, follow the road south for about 0.5 mi.

ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 0.6 miles (0.97 km) [Short Route] --- 4.6 miles (7.4 km) [Longer Route]

SUMMIT - 284 ft. (87 m)
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Flying Mountain [trailhead]
The parking area is at the Fernald Cove end of the Valley Cove truck road.
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Gorham Mountain [trailhead]
ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE - 1.8 miles (2.9 km)
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Norumbega Mountain
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Norumbega Mountain [trailhead?]
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Parkman Mountain
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Parkman Mountain [trailhead?]
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Pemetic Mountain
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Pemetic Mountain [trailhead?]
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Penobscot Mountain
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Precipice [trailhead]
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Sargent Mountain
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Sargent Mountain [trailhead?]
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Penobscot Mountain [trailhead]
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Beech Mountain [trailhead]
Follow 102 South and take a right onto Pretty Marsh Road. Take a left onto Ripples Road. Ripples Road becomes Beech Hill Road. Follow Beech Hill Road to Beech Mountain.
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Hunters Beach
Cooksey Dr
Seal Harbor,
This short .3 mile walk goes thru the forest and follows along side of Hunters Brook down to the ocean. The trail is rough and has a lot of tree roots and stones on the path, so be careful as you hike. Once at the beach, you'll see the effects of constant tides pounding on the "cobble" stones and notice the cliffs to your left overlooking the bold ocean.