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Bar Island Trail

Easy/Intermediate
  4.2 ( 28 ) Favorite

Trail

1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

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

Grade

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

Features Fall Colors · Views

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.

Overview

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

Description

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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Oct 6, 2019
JOHN PERRY
walked at low tide. Jackson threw rocks in the ocean for awhile.
Oct 1, 2019
Brock Brani
Sep 26, 2019
Gilz Taboada
Great experience — 15h 20m
Sep 26, 2019
Stephen Pack
Sep 24, 2019
Alie Ledergerber
Aug 28, 2019
Mia Moy
Nice trail, but must be timed to low tide for access.
Aug 23, 2019
Richard Herron
Aug 20, 2019
Araceli Munoz Chaira

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  4.2 from 28 votes

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in Bar Harbor

#436

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in Maine

#436

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Photos

Bar Island view at low tide. with permission from E Koh
Mar 30, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME

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