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Goat Trail

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0.6 Miles 0.9 Kilometers


552' 168 m


0' 0 m



Avg Grade (11°)


Max Grade (27°)

836' 255 m


284' 87 m




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The most direct and challenging path to Norumbega’s summit, which has the best views of Somes Sound.

David Onkst


Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail, but definitely not recommended due to this path's steep nature.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed


The Goat Trail is a short and very steep path with the most direct access to the top of Norumbega Mountain, which has the best views of Somes Sound (one of Acadia’s most picturesque bodies of water), particularly on a sunny day. Despite its physical demands, this path can provide a lot of fun for those who are in decent shape and like the challenge of a significant climb. Although most people merely consider it an approach path to Norumbega’s summit, this trail has several enjoyable aspects to recommend it.

There is only one main access point to this path. The trail starts out right at the edge of the Norumbega Mountain Pull-Off Parking Area located directly off Route 3, just a little bit above Upper Hadlock Pond. If that lot is full, you can always park well off to the side of the road, as many people do.

This path is only 0.6 miles, but it’s a very steep and rocky climb, and one that should not be taken lightly. It has an elevation gain of over 550 feet, complete with several nice and significant granite ledges and cliffs. One really does feel like a goat at various points along this path. The bottom half of the trail is well-forested, but as you get closer to the top there are several open areas, which are still surrounded by sizable trees, so the views can sometimes leave you wanting. Nevertheless, when you finally reach Norumbega’s rocky summit at 852 feet, which is also the southern end of this trail, you’ll get some decent views of Somes Sound and the park’s western mountains. But don’t count on getting a full vista at the summit as vegetation obscures part of the view there and along most of the Norumbega Mountain Trail. Please note that you should really only hike up the Goat Trail, rather than try to descend it. The southern part of the Norumbega Mountain Trail, which runs off the summit, connects with the Hadlock Ponds Trail and offers a much easier and more pleasant hike down the mountain.

Overall, most people tend to dismiss this trail as merely a connector to Norumbega’s summit, but for those adventurers who don’t have a lot of time on their hands, and who enjoy scaling steep, rocky areas, complete with some sizable granite ledges, this is quite a fun trail. It also is the most direct route up Norumbega, which is one Acadia’s more secluded mountain hikes with some terrific, albeit somewhat obscured, views.

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Multiple pines and ferns.


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This was our favorite hike in Acadia, Bee Hive was a close second. If you have time to do one hike in Acadia with kids this should be it (if you are not physically disabled in anyway). Start with Goat trail, it is a tough but doable climb with children 8,9,10 yrs old. This trial lead to the Norumbega Mountain where you will climb along the top of the mountain for a long ways. It has beautiful sights and places to rest, great places for lunch if you bring it along. Then on the way down it goes though an amazing Christmas tree forest and by a lake that is absolutely gorgeous. The changes in scenery will keep the kids engages and everyone happy. Dec 26, 2017

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