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Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME

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Gorgeous views

Steep but made easier with iron rungs along the way. Outstanding views at the top, and then take an easier route back down. Don't miss this. Not recommended for small children... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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Moncton, Canada
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Moncton, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Steep but made easier with iron rungs along the way. Outstanding views at the top, and then take an easier route back down. Don't miss this. Not recommended for small children or those who don't like heights!

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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I was very intimidated by this trail. It turned out to be not as bad as I thought. There are a couple of spots where I though "what am i doing?" but it is doable. You should be very careful with kids. You don't have to be an athlete to do this trail but there are a couple of spots... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A shorter, less strenuous version on the Precipice trail. It has close ledges, ladder rungs, and sheer rock face. It is a very rewarding trail, though, with spectacular views all the way up.

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The Beehive is basically a half hike/half climb. You don't need any technical climbing experience to do it, but you can't be afraid of heights. There are a few metal rungs to use and some steep climbs, so be prepared for that. Once you get to the top, the views of the Sand Beach area are breathtaking. After you get... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I greatly enjoyed this hike, and did not personally find it all that difficult. I have done a fair amount of hiking, but I don't know if I would necessarily call myself an "experienced hiker". I do enjoy hiking difficult/interesting trails. The way up involved quite a few metal rungs to climb (never on the side of cliff, but more... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is more of a climb than a hike (500' in a half mile) but well worth it. If you want more of a climb there is the Precipice Trail, or for an easier walk, the Gorham Mountain trail. Either way you will reach the ridge of Mt. Champlain and have spectacular ocean views. From the top of the Beehive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

i think it's insane to do this hike.... that's me who cried and sobbed reaching the peak of El Capitan. I would never risk my life going around those ledges without any handholds...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

Hiking through Acadia with my husband on our honeymoon and I decided to test my fear of heights and do this trail. I kept telling my husband that if it got to be too much, we would just turn around. We hiked it pretty early in the day to avoid traffic on the trail which I'm very thankful we did.... More 

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Minneapolis
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160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

Enter this trail from the upper sand beach parking lot. This is definitely more of a straight climb than a hike. Our 10 and 12 year old boys scampered up like mountain goats with no problems. I have a fear of heights, but I like to push myself and I thought I would just turn around and go back down... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A couple plus decades ago when I was about 12, I went with family to Acadia and all I remember is Eagle Lake and the Beehive. I'm happy to say that in revisiting Beehive, it's still the same after all these years! I may be a little slower getting up there, but the crazy rock edge cliffs and awesome views... More 

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