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“Nice, Easy Walk”
Review of Bar Island Trails

Bar Island Trails
Ranked #23 of 74 things to do in Bar Harbor
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is a hike that can only be done at low tide, as you have to walk across the sand to the island. Make sure you check the tide charts before going, and they are also posted at the start of the trail on Bar Island. You should have plenty of time though, if you catch it right, as the path stays free of water for quite a while, and it's not a very long hike. The walk across the sand to get to the island is about a half hour, and it can be quite breeze here. Depending on the weather and time of year, can be a bit chilly walking across, but the breeze stops once you get to the island and get on the path. This is a pretty easy hike, we saw a bunch of older couples going up and down with no problem. The paths are not well marked, but it's still quite easy to find your way. At one point, we weren't sure which way to go, and then we noticed there was an arrow carved in to a tree, and an arrow made of sticks on the ground. Simple! The views from the top are ok, nothing spectacular especially if you have been in Acadia. Even still, it's worth the trip up. There are a few places to sit and relax at the top, and it's peaceful, and a nice way to get a different view of Bar Harbor. There are no facilities on the island, so you may want to make a stop before heading across the sand bar.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The walk across the sand bar makes this extra special and once on the Island there are some great views of Bar Harbor and the other islands. The trails aren't well marked, but the island isn't large so it's difficult to get lost.

Thank 4states
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

A must see to understand and appreciate why they call it Bar Harbor. Nice views and a easy trail. Takes 30-45 minutes and is only several blocks from town.

Thank Ray D
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

When you're in Bar Harbor, park your car on West Street near Bridge Street and then walk down Bridge Street to the sand bar during low tide. It's fun, free, not at all strenuous, and the perfect place for families with young children. A lot of people just stay on the bar itself while others walk over to Bar Island and hike up to the top of the trail (15 minutes at most). We didn't see the view from the top, as the fog hadn't lifted yet, so I can't comment on that. Hear it's great though.

Thank hgavel
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

After a delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes, I took the walking trail along Shore Path. The view of the kayaks and the big houses were enjoyable. It was low tide and the shoreline revealed interesting artifacts. It was pleasant exercise.

Thank Maureen S
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