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Compass Harbor Trail

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 3.5 (4)

A quiet, peaceful trail close to downtown Bar Harbor.


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Miles

0.6

KM

Point to Point

55' 17 m

High

18' 6 m

Low

5' 2 m

Up

39' 12 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

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Family Friendly With a gentle trail surface and mild grades, this route is great for the whole family.

Description

The Compass Harbor Trail heads to the former home of George Dorr, one of the founding fathers of Acadia National Park. This is hardly the most dramatic trail near Bar Harbor, but if you're looking for a quiet hike to a secluded stretch of shoreline, it's hard to beat.

The trail starts of Route 3, about a mile south of downtown Bar Harbor. From the small parking area, follow the gravel road. After a short distance the Compass Harbor Trail veers left through the woods. The trail ends at Dorr Point, a rocky ledge that offers nice views of Compass Harbor and the Porcupine Islands. On the way back, consider visiting the ruins of George Dorr's estate, where only the foundation remains.

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: .

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James Kaiser

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  3.5 from 4 votes

#6

in Bar Harbor

#19120

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#6

in Bar Harbor

#192

in Maine

#19,120

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Jul 29, 2020
Steph C
Gorgeous harbor with tide pools. Beautiful to sit and have breakfast. Would also be nice to sit with a beach chair....there were hardly any people! 0.4mi — 0h 15m
Sep 25, 2019
Stephen Pack
Aug 14, 2019
Daniel Fortea
0.6mi — 0h 15m
Jul 13, 2019
Cameron Breither
Jun 28, 2019
Mary Drummond
Jun 27, 2019
Nancy Dilger
Jun 27, 2019
Brad Krueger
Jul 17, 2018
Gavin Kerr