Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Walking & Hiking

Whether you’re a casual stroller or card-carrying thrill-seeker, Acadia has a path for you. The Mount Desert Island section of the park alone boasts 17 mountains. Isle au Haut and Schoodic Peninsula have several additional peaks. Because the mountains are all less than 1,600 feet tall, each can be hiked in less than a day and several can be scaled in an hour. During late summer, many trails are fringed with wild blueberries. Regular visitors to Acadia know to head to the hills when the popular Park Loop Road is congested. Even at the height of summer, some of the hiking trails offer peace and privacy.

Not all of Acadia’s trails lead uphill. Some of the gentlest paths—such as Ocean Path, which runs parallel to the Ocean Drive section of the Park Loop Road—offer some of the best scenery. If you arrive at the town of Bar Harbor during low tide, wander out across the gravel bar that leads to Bar Island—but don’t linger—after 90 minutes, the path will disappear beneath the incoming tide.

Park trailheads and junctions are clearly marked with small, wooden directional signs, and the paths with blue-paint blazes. Please note, some trail names are being changed back to their original names. Maps may not be updated yet, but trail signs are accurate. 

Pick up a copy of the NPS map of Acadia, available at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. It indicates hiking trails, elevations and scenic carriage roads. Detailed hiking maps can be purchased at the visitor center. For additional reading, pick up a copy of Great Walks: Acadia National Park & Mount Desert by Robert Gilmore (1994) or A Pocket Guide to the Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park by Diana F. Abrell (1995).