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greenBlue Bar Island Trail

  4.1 ( 21 ) Favorite


1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 132' 40 m
Descent: -132' -40 m
High: 135' 41 m
Low: 3' 1 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)


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Trail shared by James Kaiser

A unique trail that leads to incredible views of Bar Harbor.

James Kaiser

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Family Friendly This easy hike offers great views and unique opportunities to explore the shore.

This trail can only be accessed at times of low tide
Please exercise caution when attempting to reach this trail, as visitors do get stranded on Bar Island. Refer to a tide chart before embarking for the island.


An out-and-back hike to Bar Island with the added excitement of racing against the tides!


Bar Island lies just offshore from downtown Bar Harbor. At low tide, a sandbar connects the island to the mainland. This sandbar gives the town of Bar Harbor its name. To get to the Bar Island Trail, you'll have to wait for low tide.

The sandbar is exposed from about 90 minutes before low tide to 90 minutes after low tide. You'll need to complete your journey before the sandbar is once again submerged, otherwise you'll be stranded on Bar Island.

Not surprisingly, it's better to start out for Bar Island before low tide. To get to the trailhead, head to the end of Bridge Street and cross the sandbar to Bar Island. Follow the obvious dirt road a short distance to the trailhead. The trailhead lies a short distance through the woods and then climbs a small rise.

A short distance from the top of the rise is a lookout that offers fantastic views of Bar Harbor.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Acadia, check out his .

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Jul 18, 2019
Kevin Conroy
Jul 8, 2019
Cindy Tipler
Jul 5, 2019
Matthew Sullivan
Jul 2, 2019
Tariq Bamadhaj
Jun 29, 2019
Jingran Dai
check the tide chart!
Jun 28, 2019
Tara Gentile
Jun 28, 2019
Mary Drummond
Jun 28, 2019
Jingran Dai
need to come later in the day. the tide was too high to walk to the island. 0.2mi — 10h 30m

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