(Very Easy hiking, 0.5 miles one-way)
Begin this classic stroll from the Bar Harbor Town Pier, near the end of West Street and just downhill from the center of Bar Harbor and the intersection of Cottage Street and Main Street.
From the south side of the pier, next to the boat ramp, the Shore Path heads south along the base of Agamont Park, past two cannons and a lovely gazebo, toward the Bar Harbor Inn. At low tide you may wish to take the concrete ramp down to the short stretch of beach below the wall in front of the inn for some exploration along the rocks and seaweed.
On the path above the beach, pass the hotel terrace on the right and a narrow pier on the left, where the paved path turns to gravel. The level pathway hugs the shoreline for a half-mile, winding along the seawall between the lovely homes and inns and the manicured lawns to your right and the scenic views of Frenchman Bay and the evergreen trees and pink-granite shores of Bar Island, Sheep Porcupine Island, Bald Porcupine Island, Burnt Porcupine Island, and Long Porcupine Island on your left.
Cruise ships, fishing boats, lobster boats, sailboats, and kayakers may be seen plying the ocean waters of the bay. Tarry awhile at Albert Meadow, a grassy public park with long benches. Balance Rock, a large boulder perched on the edge of a rock shelf, sits in the water offshore just beyond the park.
As signs along the way indicate, the Shore Path passes through private property and visitors are asked to kindly remain on the path. The path ends all too soon at a chain link fence just after crossing a wooden footbridge. From here you can either retrace your steps back to the pier via the Shore Path – a fine option on a sunny day – or walk just over a quarter-mile west on the tree-lined Wayman Lane out to Main St. From there it’s another half-mile through town, past a wide variety of boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, and the Village Green, back to the pier.