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Wonderland Trail

 8 votes


1.3 Miles 2.1 Kilometers


59' 18 m


-59' -18 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (3°)

50' 15 m


14' 4 m




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This is a very easy trail that is flat and extremely well-marked to an awesome ocean view.

Linda Ci


Stay on the trail, please. This park and especially this trail has many hikers, so keeping the impact down is as important as ever!
Head out on this beautifully forested, smooth trail to a breathtaking seashore viewpoint. This out-and-back hike gives a little taste of the varying ecosystems that make Acadia National Park unique.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: An easy hike to a beautiful view! There is even some tide-pooling to be had.


This trail is great for everyone! It is really short and flat, but it takes you to a really nice beach and if you go in the summer you'll find flowers along the majority of the trail.

Start at the trailhead. There is a fairly small parking lot which can be found full the majority of the day. If you continue down the trail, you'll go through the forest for a bit, but then you'll come to a fairly exposed stretch with ropes blocking of either side of the trail. There is little shade here, so for those who burn easily wear your sunscreen! Hike just a bit further through another treeline to the beach.

When you have had your fill of the view you can either turn around or take the loop around back to the original trail.

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There are lots of pretty flowers along the trail.


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Apr 3, 2018
Rosie Madeira
Oct 14, 2017
Eve Smallwood
Nice easy hike. Mom went too. Went at low tide, so we got to do some tide poolin. Beautiful ocean views at the end. 1.3mi
Oct 12, 2017
May Ang
Oct 5, 2017
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Ray Hasson
Aug 8, 2017
Dennis Osborne
Aug 2, 2017
Katie Johnson
Jul 28, 2017
Jen S
Stay left on the trail for a more private area of the tide pools

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The Wonderland Trail is actually an old fire road which leads through woods and open areas to a beach. It has always been one of my favorite places to go on the quiet side of the island and it is far lass crowded than the more popular ship Harbor Nature Trail just down the road. Me and my kids like searching the beach for sea glass. Wonderland also has two coves to explore, one to the left and another to the far right. Between the beach and the cove to the left a lot of drift wood washes up along the shoreline, though you are not suppose to remove it from the park. I have always favored Wonderland over Ship Harbor for a couple reasons, first Wonderland has a beach, ship Harbor doesn't. Second, you get right up to the edge of the water in all directions at Wonderland, At ship Harbor you can only get really close to the water in a couple small areas. I like to explore the edge of the ocean in search of sea shells and sea life. I will say one thing you should know about, there are two or three short sections of the fire road you do need to carry a carriage across - we are only talking about several feet so its not that big of a deal, This is also not a route fit for wheel chairs. Wonderland and Ship Harbor are located along route 102A, which forms a long winding loop from route 102 before rejoining route 102 in Bass Harbor. 102A passes through the villages of Manset, Seawall, and Bass Harbor. Directly across from the Seawall Campground run by the park service is the Seawall Picnic Area, a great side trip for a picnic offering great ocean views. Jan 30, 2018

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