Very Easy Hiking

Taking a hike in Acadia National Park doesn’t have to mean spending long hours scaling the big mountains, as there are many very easy strolls throughout the park. These smooth paths over mostly level terrain allow visitors to get away for a short while and enjoy some of the grand natural scenery with little more than a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

After exploring the shops, boutiques, and restaurants in the bustling village of Bar Harbor, visitors can wander down to the Town Pier and step off onto the Shore Path (0.5 miles one-way), a lovely stroll along the seawall with magnificent views oceanfront views of the islands in Frenchman Bay.

Take the Park Loop Road to Sand Beach, the only natural beach in Acadia National Park, and strike out on the Ocean Path (2.1 miles one-way), a magnificent walk that hugs the shoreline for two miles, passing several of the park’s most famous sites, including Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs.

Take a drive on the winding and scenic Cadillac Mountain Road to the summit of 1,528-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak in Acadia National Park and the highest point on the Atlantic Seaboard of the eastern United States, and enjoy a leisurely walk and grand views on the Cadillac Summit Path (0.3-mile loop).

Stop in at the famous Jordan Pond House to enjoy afternoon tea and hot popovers on the lawn overlooking Jordan Pond, then venture off on the Jordan Pond Nature Trail (1-mile loop)for a lovely walk along the lakeshore that takes in the fabulous view of The Bubbles and Penobscot and Pemetic mountains.

On your way to see the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on the western side of Mount Desert Island, stop for a quick hike through on the Wonderland Trail (0.7 miles one-way), a special area just beyond Seawall that is home to fragrant evergreen woods and pretty cobble beaches.

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