Your Guide To The Best Hikes in Acadia National Park [20+ Amazing Trails!]

As full-time RVers, we took our remote jobs on the road in search of the best nature destinations and hiking trails in North America and beyond.

Since starting our nomadic travel adventures, we have hiked thousands of miles in places that have truly left us speechless.

With its rock terrain and sparkling vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, Acadia National Park remains one of our favorite destinations.

We have hiked all over Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, and Schoodic Peninsula in search of the best trails and views. In this article, we break down the best hiking in Acadia National Park to help you make the most of your trip to this special place on the east coast of Maine.

About Acadia National Park

Hiking couple and their dog at an overlook on of the many great hiking trails in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park, located along the rugged coastline of Maine, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and camping enthusiasts alike. With its breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and endless recreational opportunities, Acadia offers a memorable camping experience amidst stunning natural beauty. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the best campgrounds in Acadia National Park, each offering its own unique charm and access to the park’s wonders.

The park spreads across about 49,000 acres of land on Mount Desert Island, Isle Au Haut, and part of the Schoodic Peninsula, with the main portion of the park located on Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor Maine. The park attracts 4 million visitors a year and is in the top 10 of the most visited park in the U.S. Within its boundaries, it holds 158 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of historic carriage roads

While you might be wondering how great the hiking can possibly be on the coast, Acadia also contains the tallest mountain on the Atlantic Coast. What makes it even more special is that it is the only National Park in the Northeastern U.S. and was the first National Park designated east of Mississippi.


Distance from Portland Maine (Portland International Jetport): 3 hours

Distance from Boston Massachusetts (Boston Logan International Airport): 4.5 hours

Best Times to Visit & Hike

We visited and hiked in Acadia National Park once during late spring (early June) and once in the fall (late September/ early October). Both were amazing and offered different types of experiences.

Peak season generally kicks off once school is out for the summer in late June and early July and the area stays busy until Labor Day in September. This will be the busiest time in the park and we recommend visiting earlier in spring or ideally later in the fall when things will be slower and more quiet.

Spring brought lush green scenery, mild temperatures, foggy mornings, and rushing waterfalls. The longer days are also great for hiking later in the afternoon and evening!

Fall was stunning due to the vibrant fall foliage painting the rocky coast in hues of orange and yellow. Days were shorter, temperatures were cooler, and the air was crisp. We also found the trails to be a bit less crowded, although there is typically an influx during the leaf-peeping season.

Here are the average high and low temperatures for Bar Harbor Maine by season:

Spring (March to May):

  • Average High Temperature: 44-56°F
  • Average Low Temperature: 29-39°F

Summer (June to August):

  • Average High Temperature: 68-78°F
  • Average Low Temperature: 50-59°F

Fall (September to November):

  • Average High Temperature: 57-68°F
  • Average Low Temperature: 41-50°F

Best Acadia National Park Trails

Whether you are looking for a relaxing walk with ocean views or an adrenaline-filled hike along steep cliffs, there is a wide range of hiking opportunities in Acadia National Park.

Acadia Hiking Map

Use this map to help you plan out your Acadia hiking adventures!

Hikes Near Bar Harbor On East Mount Desert Island

On East Mount Desert Island, you will find Bar Harbor and some of the most iconic hikes and trails that Acadia National Park has to offer.

These are some of the most popular hikes in the park and range from easy strolls to more challenging hikes, all offering excellent views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see. Check out these great hikes near Bar Harbor, Maine:

Ocean Path

Ocean Path is a perfect way to see a few of the picturesque stops and overlooks along Park Loop Road along one fairly mild hike! Starting at the shores of Sand Beach, wind your way along Park Loop Road, hitting infamous stops like Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, and Otter Point.

We loved hiking Ocean Path at sunrise as the trail was quiet and free from cars and crowds, and we had the opportunity to soak in the rocky cliffs in the orange glow of the early morning sun. You could also try to time this with high tide (it is best when ocean swells are larger, such as during storms), to give yourself the best chance to hear the thunderous clap that gives Thunder Hole its name!

The rocky coastline of Acadia's Otter Cliffs along the Ocean Path in the orange glow of a morning sunrise
Otter Cliffs

Ocean Path Hike Details:

  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 374 feet
  • Duration: 1 hour
Stone blocks creating the Ocean Path along the Atlantic Ocean in Acadia National Park
Ocean Path Trail
Water swirling in Thunder hole in Acadia National Park
Thunder Hole

Beehive Loop Trail

Perhaps one of the most famous trails and popular hikes in Acadia National Park is the Beehive Loop Trail. A shorter and slightly tamer cousin to the Precipice Trail, Beehive Loop is still not a hike for those with a fear of heights.

From the trailhead, you are led straight up the rocks, winding around the sides of cliffs and over small bridges and metal-runged ladders as you climb up to the top. The views from the lookout at the end of the trail are absolutely worth it, but there are some nerve-wracking moments shimmying along narrow paths with nothing between you and the 400-foot drop just a step away from your position on the trail.

The trailhead is located directly across the street from the parking lot for Sand Beach and it is not uncommon to see lines of people inching their way up the trail, clinging to the walls lining the edges of precarious cliffs. To avoid the crowds, we recommend hiking early in the day or later in the day and on weekdays whenever possible. As avid hikers, we found the “fear factor” of this trail to be hyped up a bit. Nevertheless, it is a fun and unique trail with amazing views!

A hiking couple dressed in pink and blue standing on a rock with views of bright green forests and sparkling blue waters behind them
The views after the climb up Beehive are spectacular!
A hiker clinging to the rock wall along a narrow section of trail on the Beehive Loop
Sharp cliff edges and steep drop-offs wait around every turn on the Beehive Loop

Beehive Trail Loop Details:

  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 508 feet
  • Duration: 1-3 hours

We highly recommend hiking this trail counter-clockwise (starting on the trail off to the right), hiking up the ladder section and down the back side which has a much less steep descent.

A hiker climbing the steep metal ladder rungs on the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park with views of trees far below
On the Beehive Trail be prepared for several ladder sections up steep rock

The Bubbles Trail

As you are driving past Jordan Pond on Park Loop Road and heading back toward Bar Harbor, look up to the left and you will see Bubble Rock, a large boulder that seems to be teeter-tottering and clingy on for dear life at the edge of a cliff.

To get a better look, you can hike up one of the Bubbles Trails and see this glacier-placed boulder that has been perched with epic views of Acadia. There are 3 great viewpoints with different vistas to enjoy from up around Bubble Rock and this is another great option to catch a colorful sunrise with plenty of peace and solitude in Acadia National Park!

Iconic Bubble Rock in Acadia National Park
Bubble Rock is a large boulder precariously sitting on the edge of a cliff

The Bubbles Trail Details:

  • Distance: 1.6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 515 feet
  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
View overlooking Jordan Pond at Bubbles Trail Summit in Acadia National Park

Interested in this trail? Read our in-depth guide to the Acadia’s Whimsical Bubbles Trail

Cadillac Mountain Trails

The highest point in Acadia National Park and the highest mountain on the East Coast of the United States, Cadillac Mountain’s summit has some of the best views of the coastal region of Maine that sits around Acadia National Park.

While you can reserve a permit to drive up to Cadillac Mountain, either for sunrise or during the day (you can read more on that here), hiking up is a beautiful journey that is worth every step – and does not require a permit of any kind.

There are multiple trails that lead you to the Cadillac Mountain Summit, including the North Ridge, South Ridge, and Gorge Path. Hiking up Cadillac Mountain will be some of the longest and most challenging hikes in the park and will take more time than most of the other trails on this list.

Female hiker and dog enjoying expansive panoramic views from Cadillac Mountain's summit in Acadia National Park in Maine

Cadillac Mountain North Ridge & Gorge Path Trail Loop

Cadillac Mountain North Ridge is a steep climb with rewarding views along the way up and some of the best around once you reach the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

We loved switching up our trail experience and hiking back down the Gorge Path Trail, which is basically a cascade of large boulders with water running through below. It is tranquil and unique and a great contrast to the more typical Acadia trail after ascending up North Ridge with the opportunity for lots of rock scrambling.

We preferred hiking down the steep boulders of the Gorge Trail rather than up them, but starting your hike going up the Gorge Path may be easier on the knees.

Cadillac Mountain North Ridge & Gorge Path Loop Details:

  • Distance: 4.8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,315 feet
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
View from the Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail
View of boulders as you hike along the Gorge Trail to the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine.
The Gorge Path offers a completely different feel, lined with large boulders the entire trail

Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail

The longer of the trails up to the Cadillac Mountain summit for a more gradual and less steep approach.

Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Details:

  • Distance: 6.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,548 feet
  • Duration: 4-5 hours

Interested in seeing the first U.S. sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain? Check out our comprehensive guide to Reserving A Permit For Sunrise At Cadillac Mountain

Jordan Pond West Side Trail

If you are looking for a beautiful walk along a tranquil lake after eating a few warm popovers, you won’t want to miss this one. Jordan Pond West Side Trail starts at Jordan Pond House which has a fair amount of parking (although it is also one of the busiest spots in the park as it is a starting point for several trails).

The trail is flat and traverses many “boardwalks” (made of trees) as you work your way to the northern point of Jordan Pond. Hiking around Jordan Pond in the fall provides many opportunities for beautiful foliage reflecting on the still water.

Female hiker walking along the wooden boardwalk along Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond West Side Trail Details:

  • Distance: 3.3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 49 feet
  • Duration: 1 hour

Six Summits

While Cadillac Mountain is the highest mountain in Acadia, it is certainly not the only one! The Six Summits trail is a loop hike that brings you up to the summits of 6 other mountains in the park, all with sprawling views of the park and surrounding ocean, filled with floating green islands.

This hike was a fun way to see more of the park and create a longer hike. You can expect a lot of climbing up and down as you navigate up to and off of each summit so it is a workout, but a fun one!

Hiking couple and their brown dog standing on a small boulder in front of ocean and island views on the top of Sargent Mountain
Cedar Swamp Mountain summit sign in Acadia National Park
A cascading white waterfall over brown rocks surrounded by bright green vegetation along a Carriage Road in Acadia National Park
One section of the trail takes you across a historic Carriage Road, with views of this amazing waterfall!

The six summits you will hit along this hike include: Penobscot Mountain, Bald Peak, Sargent Mountain (our favorite), Gilmore Peak, Cedar Swamp Mountain, and Parkman Mountain

Six Summits Hike Details:

  • Distance: 5.9 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,738 feet
  • Duration: 3.5 – 5 hours

Pemetic Mountain Loop

Pemetic Loop is another trail that starts at Jordan Pond House. Hiking along the east side of Jordan Pond should give you great views of The Bubble depending on how lush the trees are. You’ll encounter a fair amount of scrambling, so this is a great trail for you if you like climbing on the rocks! We’d recommend hiking the trail counter-clockwise so you encounter the main rock scrambling sections on your way up. Stunning views at the top are worth the effort!

Pemetic Mountain Loop Details:

  • Distance: 4.9 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet
  • Duration: 2.5-4 hours

Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail

Hiking the Ladder Trail to Dorr Mountain is a lot like to sounds…lots of steps! The trail starts quickly with large granite stone steps that are only ever interrupted by metal ladders to help you scale steeper sections of rock. A bit like a stair climber workout, but with a really cool reward once you reach the top!

Dorr Mountain via Ladder Trail Details:

  • Distance: 2.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,131 feet
  • Duration: 3-5 hours

Once you hike up to the Dorr Mountain summit, you have a few options for the descent back down. We came down via Kurt Diederich’s climb (surprise, surprise – more steps!) and followed the path along The Tarn (a beautiful body of water flanked with wildflowers in the summer and spring) to make our way back to the trailhead “parking” area which lines Otter Creek Road.

Gorham Mountain Loop Trail

We all enjoyed this trail, especially our dog, Azalea! This is a moderate trail that involves minimal rock scrambling. The views at the top of Gorham Mountain are stunning and you can also get great views of Sand Beach from this trail as well. If you are visiting Acadia National Park during peak season, be aware that the portion of the hike along Ocean Path can be extremely busy.

For a shorter version of this hike, you can do the Gorham Mountain trail, which is 1.6 miles and takes about 1 hour and takes you back along the coastal side of the trail, rather than the longer return loop.

Gorham Mountain Loop Trail Details:

  • Distance: 3.0 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 538 feet
  • Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours

Little Long Pond

Calm waters of Little Long Pond with mountain views in the distant

Acadia National Park is one of the most dog-friendly National Parks in the United States! There are plenty of miles of trails you can bring along your adventure pup on, as long as they are on a leash.

This said, if your dog is like ours, they love the freedom of being let off leash to explore and play with other dogs. The Little Long Pond off-leash area is a great place to bring your pup for a romp in the grass, a walk/hike where they can be off-leash, and perhaps even a dip in the water. There is a set or suggested loop, but you can really make this whatever suits you and your pup.

This was one of our favorite finds near Acadia National Park and one of Azalea’s favorite stops as well! As you head toward the back of the Little Long Pond area, you can hook up with the Carriage Roads to extend your adventure into the park.

Official Little Long Pond Loop:

  • Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 177 feet
  • Duration: 50 minutes

Jesup Path

Jesup Path is one of our top recommendations for an easy trail that is especially gorgeous and colorful in the fall season. If you start this trail from the Sieur de Monts entrance and parking area, you will pass Sieur de Monts Nature Center, Sieur de Monts Spring, and the Wild Gardens of Acadia before starting on the boardwalk trail through Acadia’s wild and beautiful nature.

Jesup Path Trail Details:

  • Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 78 feet
  • Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Bar Island Trail

Have you ever wondered what walking along the ocean floor would be like? For 1.5 hours before and after low tide you can do just that right from downtown Bar Harbor.

During this timeframe around low tide, a sand bar is exposed connecting the town of Bar Harbor to Bar Island. Explore what is uncovered by what the water leaves behind, explore the wooded island, and soak in spectacular views of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay.

On our trip out to Bar Island, we also enjoyed a deer sighting and exploring the remnants of an old home sight that once inhabited the island.

Downtown Bar Harbor seen from within the trees on Bar Island
Exposed path to Bar Island during low tide in Bar Harbor Maine

Bar Island Trail Details:

  • Distance: 2.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 216 feet
  • Duration: 1 hour

Directions: Head down Bridge Street (you will see the Bar Harbor Club on the corner) and follow the path over to Bar Island!

You can read more about parking in Bar Harbor and hiking the Bar Island Trail in our Guide To The Best Things To Do in Acadia National Park

Beech Mountain Trail

Beech Mountain Trail provides incredible views from the top of a fire tower! The hike is shorter and can be steep at times. As we’ve said many times, the views are worth the effort many times over.

An orange and red sunset over the fall foliage in Acadia National Park from the Beech Mountain firetower
View from the Beech Mountain Fire Tower

Beech Mountain Trail Details:

  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 351 feet
  • Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Acadia Mountain & Man O’war Trail

If you are looking for gorgeous views looking over Southwest Harbor to the Atlantic Ocean, this is a great hike. You’ll get to hike through forests above the rocky shoreline and traverse a few steep sections filled with rocks and boulders. If you prefer to hike up the steep boulder sections, hiking counter-clockwise is your best bet.

The views from Acadia Mountain are great even on cloudy days!

Acadia Mountain & Man O’war Trail Details:

  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 708 feet
  • Duration: 1.5 – 3 hours

Honorable Mention: Carriage Roads

Acadia National Park’s Carriage Roads are a winding network of 45 miles of broken stone roads. Developed as a motor-free way to move through Mount Desert Island, these were gifted to Acadia National Park by John D. Rockefeller. Here, hikers, bikers, and riders on horseback converge among beautiful views of the park and amidst waterfalls, crystal clear streams, and historic stone-faced bridges.

Set up in connecting loops with an easy-to-follow numbered system, there is plenty to explore and many paths that take you along some of Acadia’s best attractions. You can view the entire map of the Carriage Roads here.

While this is a great place to walk and hike, we loved biking in the shade of the tree-lined carriage roads. It felt like moving alongside history in a way that truly compliments the natural beauty of the landscape that exists on Mount Desert Island.

A Note on Trail Closures

There are 2 other trails that no doubt belong on this list: Precipice Trail and the Jordan Cliffs Trail. Both of these trails were high on our list, but nature had other plans! Acadia National Park shuts down trails in the area where Peregrine Falcons nest each year to help with the rehabilitation of the species. This is an important measure to protect these birds and you can expect trail closures starting in March and going through most of the summer.

It is always a good idea to check the park for alerts as you prepare for your trip, as conditions and closures can change suddenly. These can typically be found on the top of the home page for the park, through the NPS website. You can check current conditions and alerts for Acadia National Park here.

Precipice Trail Details:

  • Distance: 2.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,053 feet

Jordan Cliffs Trail Details:

  • Distance: 5.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,610 feet

Best Trails on West Mount Desert Island

Bass Harbor Head Light Trail

A short trail that is more about the scenery and photography than the hiking experience.

Built in 1858, Bass Harbor Light is an iconic lighthouse and a classic staple of Maine’s coastal landscape. Located on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island in Tremont, this historic light is one of three under the management of Acadia National Park. 

With beautiful postcard-worthy views comes high traffic. As one of the most visited places on the western side of the island, expect long lines while waiting to enter a small parking lot that is full most of the day. As is true of most places you might visit in Acadia, really early or late may be for this short trail.

Bass Harbor lighthouse sitting along the rocky coast of Maine

Bass Harbor Trail Details:

  • Distance: 0.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 62 feet
  • Duration: 10-15 minutes

Ship Harbor Trail

After leaving the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Ship Harbor Trail is a great next stop down in Southwest Harbor. A parking area right off Route 102A marks a quiet trail that leads you through the shade of towering trees before opening up to a pristine blue harbor.

This is a flat trail that offers great views of the clear water in the shallow harbor and lots of rocks to admire. We found the trail empty on an early morning, but you may find it busier if you hike it later in the day due to its proximity to the lighthouse.

View from Ship Harbor Trail in Acadia National Park

Ship Harbor Trail Details:

  • Distance: 1.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 65 feet
  • Duration: 30 minutes

Best Hiking Trails on Schoodic Peninsula

Schoodic Peninsula is home to the only part of Acadia National Park that exists on Maine’s mainland and in our opinion is one of the best things you can do during your visit to Acadia National Park.

 Visited by only about 10% of those exploring Acadia National Park, this area is less traveled and minimally developed. Exploring here can feel like you have stumbled upon a true hidden gem. It is the perfect place for a quiet retreat from larger crowds you might encounter in other areas of the park. 

To get uninhibited views off the coastline and soak in the sights and sounds of nature, we recommend the Schoodic Head Trail and the Anvil Trail, which are two of our favorite on Schoodic Peninsula:

Schoodic Head Trail

This short climb brings you up to a great viewpoint through the trees that provides beautiful views over the Schoodic Peninsula. If you venture over to Schoodic, it is worth taking an hour to experience this hike.

Schoodic Head Trail Details:

  • Distance:  1.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 374 feet
  • Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Views looking out over Schoodic Peninsula and across to Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island from the Schoodic Head Trail

Anvil Trail

The Anvil Trail starts from the same trailhead as Schoodic Head Trail. You’ll actually hit Schoodic Head on your way out to The Anvil, so if you are looking for one trail that visits both Schoodic Head and The Anvil, this is it.

Anvil Trail Details:

  • Distance: 2.0 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 515 feet
  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Want to make it a complete day trip? Check out our guide to the Best Things To Do on Acadia’s Schoodic Peninsula

Acadia National Park Trail Superlatives

Male hiker standing in the light of the evening sun with the view of Jordan Pond behind him from the summit of Penobscot Mountain
Zach on the summit of Penobscot Mountain

A quick guide to which trails win the awards in our opinion…in case you need some help deciding which trails to do!

  • Best easy trail: Ocean Path (if done outside peak hours)
  • Best short hike: Bubbles Trail
  • Best longer trail: Cadillac Mountain North Ridge & Gorge Path Loop
  • Best views: Cadillac Mountain, Dorr Mountain, or Beehive Trail (just can’t decide!)
  • Most unique: Six Summits (plenty of different vantage points along this route!)
  • Best for dogs: There are so many dog-friendly trails in Acadia! Little Long Pond is our favorite as it is an off-leash area

READ MORE: The Best Easy Hikes in Acadia National Park

Ready For a Rest Day? Check out one of the scenic drives in Acadia National Park

Getting out onto Acadia’s trails and exploring on foot allows you to really experience all that this majestic place on Main’e rocky coast has to offer. This said, you shouldn’t miss the park’s fabulous scenic drives, which will allow you to cover a lot of ground in less time!

There are two scenic drives in Acadia National Park to add to your itinerary, one on Mount Desert Island and one on Schoodic Peninsula. Both wind their way through the park, emerging through tree-lined streets out to vast views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding islands.

Best enjoyed with the windows down with the salt breeze gently brushing against your face!

Park Loop Road on Mount Desert Island

Park Loop Road winds its way out to the Otter Cliffs in the distance at Acadia National Park
Park Loop Road on Mount Desert Island

This 27-mile Park Loop Road is a scenic drive in Acadia National Park that covers the east side of Mount Desert Island. Major points of interest along the drive include:

  • Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • Sand Beach
  • Thunder Hole
  • Otter Cliff
  • Jordan Pond
  • Sieur de Monts Spring
  • Cadillac Mountain (permit required)

This a very popular road and can be very congested. Keep an eye out for cyclists, parked cars, pedestrians, hikers, and wildlife. Expect it to be hard to find parking in the lots along the route, especially during peak hours of the day. Venturing out for sunrise or later in the evening will give you the best opportunity to run into smaller crowds and have more parking options.

Schoodic Loop Road on Schoodic Peninsula

Large stone blocks line Schoodic Loop Road on Schoodic Peninsula in Maine
Schoodic Loop Road on Schoodic Peninsula

Schoodic Loop Road is a 6-mile one-way loop around the Schoodic peninsula that has ample vehicle turnouts to stop and enjoy the scenery. Major points of interest along the route:

  • Frazer Point Park & Picnic Area
  • Winter Harbor Light
  • Schoodic Point
  • Raven’s Nest
  • Blueberry Hill

Fulfilling Travel Tips

Winter Harbor Light sitting on a rocky island surrounded by the deep blue water of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine
Winter Harbor Lighthouse off Schoodic Peninsula

While we mentioned this throughout the article, truly one of our biggest tips for hiking in Acadia National Park is to hike outside of peak hours. This is a relatively small park that receives an extremely high number of visitors, especially in the summer months.

There are also certain trails that tend to get overwhelmed (such as Beehive, Precipice, Ocean Path, and trails close to the Jordan Pond House) due to their popularity and proximity to parking areas on Park Loop Road.

To make the most of your trip, we highly recommend hiking early or later in the day if you are visiting during peak season. We also recommend exploring outside of what many might rank as the “must-hike” trails to check out some others that might be quieter (we found this to be the case for Acadia Mountain, Six Summits, and the Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail).

Typically trails that are harder to get to, more difficult, or longer, tend to take you away from larger crowds.

Making the effort to head over to Schoodic Peninsula will also help you to find a bit more solitude!

Finally, you may find that as you hike more, the views look very familiar. As this happens, try switching things up and focus on trails with unique qualities that make the journey an adventure in itself (such as the Ladder Trail or trails along the Carriage Roads with hidden waterfalls).


Places to stay near Acadia National Park:

Acadia National Park Campgrounds:

Other Bar Harbor Area Accommodations:

Private Campgrounds

  • Bar Harbor Campground
  • Timberland Acres RV Park
  • Mount Desert Campground

For help finding the perfect place to stay, read our complete guide to the best camping near Acadia

If you are looking for the perfect one-stop shop for comparing RV parks and glamping options and prices with instant booking, we highly recommend Campspot.

Our other favorite resources for finding great campgrounds and campsites and reading reviews include CampendiumRV Life, and iOverlander.

You can also check out HipCamp and TheDyrt for more unique camping experiences and accommodations.

RV Rentals: If you are looking to get closer to nature but don’t have an RV, consider renting one through RV Share. You can easily search for different types of RVs available near you or your destination to help you plan your perfect getaway. We used this service when renting out our Casita and found it to be high quality and easy to use!

Another great option is glamping or nature-centric stays. Here are some great options near Acadia National Park:

You can explore all Bar Harbor area accommodations and compare prices on, which is a great resource for unique stays at the best rates.

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