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Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park

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Length: 0.6 miles
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Overview:  The Precipice Trail is a great way to experience Acadia National Park. Its a strenuous climb, but the views along the way and from... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Introduction

The Precipice is one of the most popular trails in the park – and one of the most challenging. Rungs and ladders and narrow ledges make this climb not for the faint of heart. If you do decide to take the hike give yourself plenty of time, bring water and sunscreen and wear sturdy foot gear. Stay on the trail. Most accidents occur because... More

2. Geology

This sheer cliff face is typical of Acadia’s mountains. 18,000 years ago when glaciers swept over the island like giant bulldozers, they smoothed the northern slopes of its mountains. The southern slopes underwent a very different process. Ice melt refroze in the cracked granite and as the glacier moved on it pulled great chunks of stone from the ... More

3. Peregrine Falcons

The peregrine falcon is about the size of a crow and can be identified by its pointed wings and narrow tail and if you can see its face it appears to have on a black hood. In flight it has short wing beat similar to that of a pigeon. It preys on other birds and can capture them in flight as it reachs speeds of over 100 mph.

The peregrine’s... More

4. Porcupine Islands

The body of water on your left for the first half of the loop road is Frenchman’s Bay. Its name is a testament to the strong French heritage of the area. It is a deep-water bay and in the fall you may see large cruise ships that make regular stops in Bar Harbor.

The islands sprinkled in the Bay are the Porcupine Islands. With their domed backs... More

5. Schooner Head

From this point you are looking about five miles across Frenchman’s Bay to Schoodic Peninsula. Schoodic is also part of Acadia National Park and is about an hour’s ride from Bar Harbor. If you have the time its rocky headland and boulder beaches are worth exploring.

Between this shore and Schoodic Peninsula is Egg Rock Lighthouse. Built in 1875... More