Beaches of Acadia National Park

On warm and sunny summer days, visitors to Acadia National Park can enjoy a refreshing swim and relax in the sand in the pleasant sunshine at two popular swimming spots, Sand Beach on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island not far from Bar Harbor, and Echo Lake on the western side of Somes Sound, just outside Southwest Harbor.

Along the Park Loop Road just beyond the Sand Beach Entrance Station is Sand Beach, a beautiful quarter-mile stretch of sandy beach nestled into Newport Cove between the cliffs of Great Head and the steep rock walls of The Beehive. The beach offers plenty of room to relax in the sun and play in the sand after a bracing swim in the chilly ocean waters. Nearby are a wealth of popular park attractions, like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs. Hiking trails lead to Great Head and The Beehive.

Picturesque Echo Lake is nestled beneath the towering Beech Cliffs and the mass of Beech Mountain. The warm freshwater lake provides beachgoers with a stark contrast to the cold ocean. Relax on the sands of the compact beach and enjoy the wonderful view down the lake, set amid a jumble of pink granite mountains. The designated swimming area makes this a popular swimming choice for families with small children. Seawall and Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse are nearby park attractions.

Sand Beach and Echo Lake are staffed by lifeguards from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Both beaches feature restrooms, changing rooms, and water fountains. The Island Explorer shuttle bus serves each location.

Related Stories
20
You Might Like
Loading...
Events
2/7/20

Chili Supper and Music Night to Support Pottery Studio

Join us for a chili supper with live music on February 7th! Escape the cold weather, and come enjoy...

2/7/20 2/9/20

Acadia Winter Festival – February 7, 8 & 9, 2020 in Winter Harbor

Acadia Winter Festival, February 7, 8 & 9, 2020 in Winter Harbor

2/8/20 3/7/20

Rug Braiding with Arlene Wren - 4 Week Course

Learn the centuries old craft of rug braiding! Over four weekend classes, students will use recycled...

2/14/20

Valentine's Day Dog Walk

Save the Date! Noon, Friday, February 14th, 2020 1st Annual fun • DOG WALK • entrance, Liberty...

2/20/20

Brown Bag Discussion - First Bird Count: Looking at Schoodic’s Christmas Bird Count – January 16, 2020 @ 12 - 1 pm

Brown Bag Discussion - First Bird Count: Looking at Schoodic’s Christmas Bird Count on Jan 1, 2020

View All >
Deals
6/1/19 6/1/20

"Let's Go Shoot" Photography Adventure Package

Are you happy with the photos you take that capture the moments in your life? Add some adventure to your vacation in Camden and learn to maximize the potential of your smartphone camera. Spend an afternoon exploring Mid-Coast Maine with professional...

4/1/20 5/21/20

Book Now and Save up to $100 per night

Book Early and SAVE BIG! Visit Maine and enjoy Acadia National Park and all the Downeast has to offer. Take advantage of this special early booking deal and save up to 35% off for stays between 4/1/2020 and 5/21/2020 Book Now Twin Hills Cottages of...

View All >