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Beech Mountain Trail

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Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Moderate hike doable with a 4yo

We hiked up the shorter, more strenuous route with a 4yo. Once you're high up enough to see a view you can stop on some large flat rocks for picture or snack break. The fire... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
mm137
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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We hiked up the shorter, more strenuous route with a 4yo. Once you're high up enough to see a view you can stop on some large flat rocks for picture or snack break. The fire tower wasn't open on the day we were there but you can still climb halfway up the stairs to a landing for a nice view.... More 

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The loop trail is about three miles in length with the highlight being a peak view at a fire towe offering breathtaking view of surrounding lakes and bays.

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San Anselmo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The photo for this is of Beech Cliff, not Beech Mt. Please correct this. The BMT is good, but you should stay on the Bar Harbor side of the island. Much better trails--Gorham, the Beehive, the Precipice, Champlain Mt., Dorr, etc. Do the park loop and leave MDI! It's the best. The last time I hiked up Beech Mt. There... More 

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PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove over to "the quiet side of the island" to hike this trail simply because the fire tower was open. So glad we did! There are two trail options from the parking lot. When you enter the Beech Mt trailhead next to the restrooms the trail forks almost immediately, the right trail is a longer less strenuous climb with... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Some of the best parts of Mount Desert Island (MDI) and Acadia National Park are outside of the main tourist trap of Park Loop Road. Make it a priority to hike up the Beech Mountain Trail on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (1pm-3pm) in order to get a bonus treat of climbing to the top of the old Fire Tower.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Hiked the Beech Mountain trail with our teens in late June during our visit to MDI. Take Pretty Marsh Road just south of Somesville and turn left to drive to the end for Beech Mtn. parking lot. There are multiple trails that originate at the lot, a trail book can be helpful. For the reasonable loop, take the Beech Mtn... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We did this hike in the rain. We went up the shorter & steeper trail. The fire tower was open so we went up that too. The ranger answered our questions about the area and took some pics of us. We came down in the longer and less steep trail, but it wasn't easy. There were rest rooms at the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

We hiked up Beech Mountain with our 7 and 10 year olds. This is a good moderate hike, which is not too crowded (personally, I prefer the hikes on the western side of Mount Desert Island, outside of the Park Loop Road area). We chose to hike this on the day that they had the open house of the fire... More 

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Oklahoma City, OK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

When you leave the parking lot, you walk a little way before coming to a sign that tells you that you can take the shorter but steeper trail (4/10 of a mile) or the longer more gentle trail (7/10 of a mile). We chose the shorter route and quickly found it was rather steep. Both of us were in our... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

While it was easy to find the parking lot, not a problem to park because the path is not very busy, we really struggled finding the right path. In the end, I think we did the Canada trail rather than Beech mountain because we spotted the fireman outlook on the next hill up.... But in any event, we enjoyed our... More 

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