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Ocean Path

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Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 165' 50 m
Descent: -165' -50 m
High: 105' 32 m
Low: 31' 9 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by James Kaiser

A pleasant stroll past steep cliffs and rocky tide pools.

James Kaiser

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Family Friendly Tide pools near the end of the trail are great for kids.

Description

This leisurely trail starts from the Beehive Trail parking area. Just east of the Ocean Path is Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park's most popular rock climbing area. Stroll out towards the edge of the rocks and you'll probably catch a glimpse of rock climbers on the steep cliffs, waves crashing directly below. Head south along the Ocean Path and take in the open views of the Gulf of Maine. Look for the Schoodic Peninsula that lies to the east and the Cranberry Isles that lie to the south. Continue along the path until it starts to curve north at Otter Point. At low tide, this is a fantastic place to look for tide pools. Keep your eyes out for intertidal creatures such as crabs, dog whelks, and sea anemones.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. If youre interested in learning more details about great day hikes, weather, camping / lodging, and geology, check out his book: .

Flora & Fauna

The trail passes in and out of pine trees. Keep your eyes out for wildflowers in the spring and summer.

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  4.4 from 48 votes

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Photos

Near Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park
Aug 25, 2015 near Bar Harbor, ME
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, ME. with permission from E Koh
Jun 21, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Climbing at Otter Cliff.
Jun 23, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Otter Point, along the Ocean Path.
Mar 3, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Acadia National Park, north of Otter Cliff. with permission from CarmelH
Jun 23, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Looking north to Sand Beach and Great Head from Thunder Hole.
Jun 23, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME

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