Acadia National Park - Norumbega Mountain Loop



After reaching Mount Desert Island on ME Route 3, stay to the right to follow ME Route 102. At the stoplight turn left following ME Route 198 towards Northeast Harbor. (Coming from Bar Harbor, follow ME Route 233 to reach ME Route 198.) Pass the Parkman Mountain parking area on the right at the base of the hill. The trailhead is located at the entrance of the parking lot.


The Norumbega Loop begins with a very steep ascent on granite ledges up the Goat Trail to reach the summit of Norumbega Mountain at 852 feet. From there the trail descends gradually along a ridge with some views of Somes Sound. On reaching Lower Hadlock Pond, the loop continues left on the Hadlock Pond Trail along the shore of the pond. Portions of this trail are on planks because of boggy areas when the trail is wet. At the north end of Hadlock Pond, in wet weather the hiker may be rewarded with a waterfall as the water flows from Upper Hadlock to Lower Hadlock Pond.

There is a junction just past the pond. At this point, the Norumbega Connector trail provides a forested hike back to the parking area.

Other Information

Dogs must be on a six foot leash. The first ascent is very steep and may not be suitable for dogs.

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

Trail Manager

Visit Acadia National Park online for more informaiton or conact

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

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Lower Hadlock Pond
Lower Hadlock Pond
Photo courtesy:National Park Service

The Norumbega Loop Trail features a steep hike up to the summit of Norumbega Mountain, then a gradual descent down to picturesque Lower Hadlock Pond. A hike along the shore of the pond leads to a connector to return to the trailhead.

Quick Facts

  • Hiking / Walking
TownMount Desert
Length3.2 miles, Network
SurfaceRocks/Ledge, Dirt/Forest Floor
Other ActivitiesNone

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