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Address: Acadia National Park, ME
Activities: Hiking

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This should be your first hike at Acadia

The Great Head Trail is somewhere between an easy and moderate hike. It is not too long, less that two miles, but it can be a little longer if you do the entire "figure 8" trek... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

The Great Head Trail is somewhere between an easy and moderate hike. It is not too long, less that two miles, but it can be a little longer if you do the entire "figure 8" trek. The highlight of this trip is the amazing view of Sand Beach and Old Soaker (which looks like a whale sticking out of the... More 

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91 reviews 91 reviews
40 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I lover either hiking across the beach or down the trail through the meadow to get here. A little more strenuous with the ups and downs than the shoreline but great views all around. Some summers we found black flies. When you do they are everywhere, turn around and go back.

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Austin, Texas
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27 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This can be a loop trail--most people start and end at the sand beach--or you can combine part of Great Head with Gorham mountain and the shore walk. Either way this is a very attractive hiking area and the fall is a perfect time of year to do it!

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Start from Sand Beach which is also worth spending time and enjoy a view packed walk through the woods. Pay attention to the blue trail markers as it is easy to get turned around. Bring you camera, water and snacks. Not for small children - cliff hazards.

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Gill, Massachusetts
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109 reviews 109 reviews
70 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was a fantastic hike along the top of the ocean cliffs. It is a loop trail. When you reach the end and turn back into the forest take a left when you reach the parking lot. Follow the deserted road back to the Sand Beach Parking lot.

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Dix Hills, New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It took a little over 1 1/2 hours for us to complete this trail. You need sturdy shoes as there is a bit of scambling up large boulders. This climb is not easy, it is moderate. The views are beautiful. Have your camera strapped well to your body as it will hit the rocks as you are climbing. The views... More 

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New Hampshire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We asked the manager at Blackwoods Campground for a good 1.5 to 2 hour hike with great views. He said this one was his favorite short hike in the park, so we got up early in the morning and took his advice. This is a super short hike for the agile hiker, if you take the counterclockwise loop from Sand... More 

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Fergus, Ontario
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

A bit of a challenge, as you have to go up some rock faces, so wear proper footwear, but well worth it. Great views and lots of spots to stop on to enjoy the views.

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Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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