Acadia National Park - Flying Mountain Loop



After reaching Mount Desert Island on ME Route 3, stay to the right to follow ME Route 102 toward the towns of Somesville and Southwest Harbor. Just before reaching Southwest Harbor, turn left on Fernald Point Road. Continue on this road to an Acadia National Park parking area on the left.


The trail  gradually ascends through forest via log and gravel steps. Sections become more rugged, traversing rocks and roots. Just before reaching the peak the trail ascends steeply over exposed ledges. Several overlooks provide excellent views of Somes Sound to the east and the ocean and offshore islands to the south. The hike continues to the north along the ridge, passing the summit marker before descending to Valley Cove over rocky ground and stone steps. The hike returns through the woods to the parking lot on the Valley Cove Road (now considered a trail for foot traffic only).

Other Information

Flying Mountain was named by the Wabanaki Indians, since the mountain appeared to have flown off nearby Acadia Mountain.

British war ships used Valley Cove for shelter and to replenish their drinking water supplies at Man O' War Brook Waterfall.

Somes Sound is frequently called a Fjord. Recently it was reclassified as a Fjard because its slopes are not as steep nor the entrance as deep as a Fjord.

Geocaching is prohibited within Acadia National Park; however, the park does sponser an EarthCache Program for those seeking a virtual treasure hunt!

Trail Manager

For more information, visit Acadia National Park online, or contact:

National Park Service
Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177,
Bar Harbor, ME. 04609
Phone: (207) 288-3338

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Valley Cove
Valley Cove
Photo courtesy:National Park Service

This loop offers a steep hike to the top of a small mountain with spectacular views of Somes Sound and descends to a quiet ocean cove with a rocky beach.

Quick Facts

  • Hiking / Walking
TownSouthwest Harbor
Length1.5 miles, Loop
SurfaceRocks/Ledge, Dirt/Forest Floor
Other ActivitiesNone

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