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Low Tide Only

During low tide you can walk across the land bridge to Bar Island. We enjoyed looking at the rocks... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lexington, Kentucky
Great Experience to Sunset

We were lucky enough to catch the low tide towards the end of the day. The hike up to the "summit... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Carver, Massachusetts
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1 Bridge St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1425
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During low tide you can walk across the land bridge to Bar Island. We enjoyed looking at the rocks, shells, and barnacles that were exposed when the water receded. Once you reach Bar Island you will have great views of the shoreline, shops, and cottages...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank teacher152015
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to catch the low tide towards the end of the day. The hike up to the "summit" is quite easy and so peaceful. We were graced with sunset upon our return. Stunning.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DianaSchmidt
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Very cool to walk across. water level changes up to 12 feet with high and low tides. give yourself at least 90 minutes if you want to explore island.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rmvafal
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Crazy little surprise! A land bridge to Bar Island that appears at low tide! Hard rock and sand. Not muddy at all! Access from downtown Bar Harbor and cross to Bar Island to a hiking trail on the island. Just make sure you don't forget...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jeff B
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Something you don't get to d everyday, Highly recommend you read you up on the time of high and low tide as you don't want to get stuck out on the island, The walkway seems to be crushed gravel and is easy walking

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rpike97883
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I love things like this: a sandbar bridge only passable when the tide is out? Yes! A short easy trail to nice views and pretty trees? Yes! Little snails and shells and crustacean parts to look at? Yes! Just be sure to time your trip...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Melinda B
Reviewed October 24, 2018

We were there while at full tide and came back in the evening as it was receding. Such a fun experience for the family. The kids over looking at the crab shells and creatures left behind.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kpiechoc
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

It was very windy the day that I went on this trail, but it was worth it. Once you get to the top, you can see a great view of Bar Harbor

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mpbrooks
Reviewed October 21, 2018

If the low tide coincides with sunset, I would mark this as a to-do! It was a lot of fun to get some beautiful pics. If you bring your park pass, you can also hike on the island for a bit. There is a nice...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Suzanne R
Reviewed October 13, 2018

When the tide goes out you can walk over to this island and get a completely different view of the town. But he warned that if the tide comes back in you have just made a nine your commitment!!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank parman55
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April 21, 2018|
Response from 44JohnnyJ | Reviewed this property |
I don’t remember for sure, but I would say that you have at least 1 - 1 1/2 hours before and after low tide mark.
October 25, 2016|
Response from scarymary73 | Reviewed this property |
I tried to copy and paste a tide chart for you but it won't fit in this small space. You can google it though (or use another search engine). Just type in "Tide chart for Bar Harbor November 2016) and it will show you the... More
September 19, 2016|
Response from Tan T |
I am going next week - how would I find out the times for low tide are? And does anyone know typically how long you have before the tide rises again?