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Things to Do in Acadia National Park

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  • jacqueline207
    scarborough, me.6 contributions
    Parking at top could be a bit difficult but the views are so worth it. Rangers on the summit are so informative, friendly and helpful. Be sure to get a reservation before you arrive.
    Written July 3, 2022
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  • jennifervTRAVELZ
    372 contributions
    Acadia National Park Park Loop Road is a great drive with many places to stop and sightsee with your family or friends. Everywhere you look is something beautiful. Bridges, waterfalls, rocks and beaches.
    Written July 2, 2022
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  • blackcat06
    Sparta, NJ260 contributions
    Wow, this is some trail! This trail is not for small children; there are several areas with rungs which are needed to pull oneself up over the rocks and several areas of ladders. There are two small bridges between rocks and at least one rock ledge. Do not go if you have a fear of heights! Once at the top, there is an incredible view along with an amazing sense of accomplishment. My only concern on this trail was the number of people using it. There was a line at each bridge and each ladder, however, everyone was very willing to help others.
    Written June 22, 2022
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  • DavidAdamsTX
    29 contributions
    Definitely one of the "must dos" along the Park Path, a nice 3 mile hike around the entire pond. If interested in just the beautiful vista, you can see the Bubbles Mountain across the pond. Allow 30-45 minutes for vista viewing.
    Written June 27, 2022
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  • Gwham
    Charlotte, NC84 contributions
    Rented e bikes and had a blast. Bridges were amazing. Carriage roads allowed us to see a lot of various scenery, rode along water's edge, atop mountains, etc. stopped at Jordan Pond House for lunch, soooo not worth it, service was awful, food mediocre, carriage roads AWESOME,
    Written June 6, 2022
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  • jennifervTRAVELZ
    372 contributions
    Sand Beach is a nice stop in Arcadia National Park. Great views, fun for everyone. We were lucky to go on a day that wasn't crowded.
    Written July 2, 2022
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  • Erik
    1 contribution
    If you enter from the Orange and Black Path, there is a warning sign, but it is not well situated, and because the Orange and Black Path has what we thought were some scary parts, we thought the sign was referring to the part we had already traversed. As a result we went up this trail without really knowing what we were getting into. We were lucky we were there early, had good footwear and were appropriately dressed.

    Before starting this trail we did not know the meaning of scary. You cannot ascend without climbing multiple sets of iron bars, which go straight up like a ladder in some places, and twist around unseen corners of the cliff in others. There are also narrow portions of the trail where you have nothing to hang onto, and a trip or a slip could easily be fatal. The trail is generally pretty narrow and if you need a break to wipe your sweaty palms and calm down your breathing, you have to wait until the trail allows it--in many areas there is nowhere to stop. This is absolutely not a trail to do in bad weather.

    The bars were actually the fun part of the trail. I felt safe on them. I did not feel particularly safe on some other parts of the trail that had no handholds, especially when I could see that some of the rocks were still wet. The views are spectacular, though you can ascend to the top via another trail.

    There were four of us ranging from mid 50's to early 60's--the least athletic person hikes maybe once a month for an hour or two. None of us found the trail to be physically exhausting--the challenge is more psychological. The trail is probably doable for most people who are moderately active like us but I don't recommend for people with a strong fear of heights or anyone who has balance issues. Know that there is at least some risk--if you would never go skydiving, you probably shouldn't do this trail.

    Days later we are still talking about this hike.
    Written November 18, 2021
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  • ypboston
    Sherborn, MA49 contributions
    Great hike to see the Bubble rock. Parking may be easier at the Jordan Pond to get there. Views are great on a clear day.
    Written June 18, 2022
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA30,170 contributions
    One of my favorites in the park… It is our usual afternoon hike on the arrival day because it is not difficult, rather short, and offers stunning ocean views. Another advantage is that it is a coastal trail, so mosquitoes are not too oppressive (they are going wild in the woods at the end of May and June). In the afternoon, it is easier to find parking at Sand Beach and go to the trailhead (when you cross Park Loop Road, you will see the signing post).

    You can easily return to the parking lot via spectacular Ocean Path and see the Thunder Hole and the beautiful rocks of Acadia Coast.

    Keep in mind that at the start of the trail the path is very muddy and can be slippery, but it is a only on a very short stretch of the trail.
    Written June 1, 2022
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  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, MD672 contributions
    We came here on the shore path. Very spectacular place. Go at high tide, I think is better. You can walk on the rocks which was very fun!
    Written June 30, 2022
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  • LovesPhotoOps
    Hoover, AL775 contributions
    We crossed the road from the small parking lot to the trail leading toward the water, and walked along the cliff until the short trail came out on the road again. There are beautiful views of rocky cliffs, islands, and outcroppings. We walked down onto the rocks to look at the tidepools and see the waves crashing up close. Hated to leave!
    Written July 2, 2022
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA30,170 contributions
    Fabulous views in perfect weather... as always... Keep in mind that at the end of May the counter clockwise path was closed and this path is easier to follow. However the clockwise path is equally gorgeous, just a little trickier to descend than to ascend in two spots.

    If you want a manageable and short hike with great rewards, Great Head Trail is for you - the views of the ocean, the beach and the islands are stunning.

    If you arrive at Sand Beach around 5PM, finding a parking spot is very possible and the hike will not take more than 90 minutes.
    Written June 18, 2022
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  • Maltipoo16
    New York848 contributions
    The visiter center was staffed with very friendly and helpful park Rangers who were knowledgeable when answering any questions you may need. The gift store had many options, and a place to stamp my National Park Passport
    Written October 17, 2021
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  • discoverturtle
    Acton, MA32 contributions
    Beautiful views and swimming. Loons thankfully are protected nearby. Picnic, relax, swim, and lovely views.
    Written October 4, 2021
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  • brandasa
    Centerville, OH1,178 contributions
    We stopped by twice on two different days. A small pull off (maybe 5 cars) on the right side of the road.. A small staircase on the left. A nice beach to relax and enjoy the ocean.
    Written June 13, 2022
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