Somehow, after visiting Acadia National Park for 13 years in a row, we missed this wonderful little beach. I read a blurb about it in the free booklet they give away in the park stores. The article gave brief directions on how to find this hidden pebble beach along the park loop road. It is far along Park Loop --- if you start in the area of Sand Beach. It is past the turn the loop makes after the Otter Cliffs. It is even farther than the little cresent beach that you pass along the road on the way to Jordan Pond. We know that this sand and pebble beach is not the one described in the article because it is out in the open along the road -- while Little Hunter's Beach is on the left and the stairway down to the beach is not readily visible from the road unless you are looking for it very carefully. If you've gone as far as Jordan Pond, you've gone too far! The stairs are kind of steep and you can see a swampy pond with water lillies off to the other side of the stair way along the road. When we walked down the stairs we could see a waterfall off to the the side that carried water from a stream. The water seemed to disappear into the rounded pebbles on the edge of the stairway at the bottom. It was so unusual --we could walk on the stones and see the water flowing beneath our feet...yet we weren't getting wet! You could see that farther along the beach the water came up and flowed into the ocean. The beach is fairly small in comparision to a place like Sand Beach -- but the pebbles are rounded smooth and appearing in an array of pastel colors that is truly amazing. The photos we took are beautiful. There are some larger rocks there and the few people we saw at this beach were climbing on some of them. The beach is secluded from other areas because it forms a small cresent shaped cove ---sheltered a bit from the open ocean views of some of the other places along the road. This is a great spot to explore for a while, take photos, or just to sit and soak in the beauty of Acadia. There are always surpises each year when we visit. We always find a new spot that is unique and scenic. A visit to Little Hunter's Beach is well worth the time it takes to find it.
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