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“nice walk” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Great Head Trail

Great Head Trail
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Activities: Hiking
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Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
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49 reviews
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“nice walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

the great head trial is a nice trail to walk and you can exnd up at sand beach. again the view from the trail of the water and island is just great

Visited June 2012
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Amesbury, Massachusetts, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“An easy walk with nice views.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We haven't done this trail in a few years, but we used to enjoy it. We took a ranger-led tour one year and that was interesting. There are remains of an old tea house and great views of Sand Beach.

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“awesome views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The trail head is hard to find from Sand beach, but if you enter sand beach and keep walking to your left, you will find it. apparently there is also a parking lot? But we parked at sand beach. There were definitely some difficult parts, but nothing that any adult can't do. Not sure if I would take kids under 10. But overall, gorgeous views and if you climb down a bit after you reach the head, there are slippery rocks along the water and water crashes against the rocks. We were off the path but this was the best part of the hike. LIttle wading pools and mussels, a whole ecosystem going on. And the force of the waves against the rocks was amazing. BUT it was very slippery so be careful. we spent a while just hanging out and enjoying the crashing waves. It was awesome. ENJOY!!!!

Visited September 2012
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Boston area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“outstanding scenery, poorly marked”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

One of the greatest trails I have ever been on with spectacular views of Sand Beach, the marsh behind the beach, Otter Cliffs, the open ocean, and the interior mountains of Acadia.

What you need to know: Some early steep climbing to reach the height of the land. You have to be in somewhat decent shape to hike this trail. You can't just show up. Also, there are plenty of blue markers to help you stay on the trail, but which trail are you hiking? As an avid hiker I found this trail frustrating because the lack of markers indicating which trail you are on, and the distance of each loop trail.

Still, I highly recommend this trail.

Visited October 2012
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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great views of Sand Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

this trail is at the end of sand beach. a double looped trail that is moderate. Great views of Sand Beach & the Beehive trail. Great views of the harbor & islands. Worth the time

Visited September 2012
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