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Great Head Trail

Acadia National Park, ME
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
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Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

One of the most amazing hikes! There are a few boulders to climb over but overall not a difficult trail but such beautiful views of the ocean, and Sand Beach below as well as the forest. Definitely worth the trip.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This trail encompasses many beautiful views and is not that difficult. It is definitely worth doing while visiting Acadia Park.

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Butler, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We started Great Head Trail from Sand Beach, after a nice swim in the ocean. If you walk all the way to the left of Sand Beach and cross over a small waterway, the trail starts there. This hike is pretty easy; however, there are some rock scrambles along the way. The views of the shoreline and the rock cliffs... More

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Louisiana
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Short but great. Loved the views of the sea cliffs. Got some really fantastic photos up at the top of the steep hill.

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a fairly easy hike to a point of land that juts out in to the ocean and provides many great vantage points and picture taking opportunities all along the loop. Although it isn't exceptionally well mark it is so well travelled that it would be almost impossible to lose your way. There are many little side paths along... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful walk along the sea. As recommended by all do it clockwise. The views are great along the way. Enjoy and take pictures. The only confusing part is where to start from. If you start from sand beach then you have to take a small walk from the end of the parking lot to the great head... More

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Crozet, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This figure-eight hike offers beautiful views of the rocks and water--something you think you might get sick of, but you never do! It has some parts that are more climbing than hiking, many places to stop and look out at the water, blueberries to pick, and some parts that are easy walking. It was the perfect thing to do before... More

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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118 reviews 118 reviews
50 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Wow, wow, wow!! My husband and I love Maine, and Acadia National Park is our very favorite park. I had done a little research about this trail but we never had hiked before. We sort of started this trail as a "let's start and see what happens..." It ended up being absolutely fabulous! This is the trail that has gotten... More

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Media, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Fun trail with some great ocean views as well as superb views of Sand Beach and The Bubbles. Expect the trail to be slippery with occasional ponding on trail, after rain. Compared to other hikes on MDI, easy/moderate. Compared to hikes on AT or above 9k' elevation: super easy.

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Edison, New Jersey
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78 reviews 78 reviews
19 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Parked at the sand beach parking lot and crossed the beach to reach trailhead. We did the loop clockwise. I think it’s better to do clockwise to avoid climbing up rocks. You would get wide view of the ocean without any obstacles from the summit. The trail was easy, we saw many kids on the trail in the family. I... More

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