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“Nice hike, nice view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bar Island Trails

Bar Island Trails
, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Ranked #9 of 60 things to do in Bar Harbor
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“Nice hike, nice view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Walk across the bay at low tide, pretty cool. Short hike to view looking back at Bar Harbor water front area.

Visited August 2013
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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“Easy hiking with nice views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Watch the tides please!!! Soooo many people get stuck every years because they don't realize how high and fast the tides can strand them out on the island. Pleasant, easy walk over to the island with easy to follow trails around the island itself. Not too dramatic as far as views but fun none-the-less. Bring a lunch and water. No bathroom.

Visited October 2013
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Smithfield, North Carolina
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“Bar Island Visit a high point”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Loved this walk over to Bar Island. the trails were well maintained and it wasn't too crowded in September. Weather was wonderful.

Visited September 2013
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Sartell, Minnesota
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“A must do.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is a must do while in Bar Harbor. Walk across the bar at low tide and head to the top of Bar Island for spectacular views.

Visited September 2013
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“a good little adventure, just keep an eye on the tide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

At low tide, there is a land bridge between the mainland and Bar Island. It's a great little adventure that is suitable for kids from 8-80. I recommend walking across the land bridge, although some do drive their cars across the spit. But be careful. The tide waits for no man, no woman, or no Chevy Impala rental car. You have a 1.5 hour window before low tide and a 1.5 window after low tide, so be aware of your surroundings. The hike to the top has some roots and rocks so most members of the general population will be fine. Parents with babies in back packs and senior citizens all made the trek to the top. The view is worth the hike. To look back at Bar Harbor is a treat. You get an idea of what a special place this is such that the harbor is deep enough for the largest cruise ship. You also get an appreciation for what Rockfeller did for America by paying for large parcels of Acadia. In his absence, the mountains would be covered with casinos, hotels, and other eye sores. Instead, this place is still a gem.

Visited September 2013
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