Acadia National Park - Jesup Path and Hemlock Road Loop

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The Jesup and Hemlock loop is an easy walk through the Great Meadow featuring stands of birch and hemlock trees.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Cross-country-skiing Walking
Length
1.5 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Bar Harbor
Surface
Gravel/Crushed Stone, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Pets
Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

HIGH USE TRAIL:

This is a busy trail system, especially on weekends between 9AM-4PM. Consider visiting outside of peak periods. Use Maine Trail Finder to identify other nearby trails. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, please choose another trail. Be considerate of your fellow trail enthusiasts - pass at safe distances, wear masks, and move on from viewpoints if others are waiting.

To the right of the Nature Center is the Wild Gardens of Acadia area, a well tended garden featuring the native plants of Mount Desert Island. Just before the entrance into the garden, a wooden footbridge on the left provides access to the Jesup Path. A right on the path parallels the Gardens. After crossing the Hemlock Road (which is now considered part of the trail system and for pedestrian use only), the Jesup Path becomes a beautiful boardwalk through a boggy, white birch forest. The boardwalk ends as the trail crosses the Hemlock Road again. The Jesup Path continues through the Great Meadow ending at the Park Loop Road. The walk continues crossing the Park Loop Road, and turning right on the Great Meadow Loop. The next junction is with the Hemlock Road. A right on the Hemlock Road leads back through the Great Meadow, passes the Jesup Path boardwalk, and leads through a forest of large hemlocks for which the road was named. The Hemlock Road ends at the Sieur de Monts parking lot.

Other Information

George B. Dorr, the Father of Acadia, considered the Sieur de Monts to be the "Heart of Acadia". The large hemlocks survived the Fire of 1947 which swept over the east side of the island burning 17,000 acres. Ten thousand acres were in the park. The Sieur de Monts area is a great place for bird watching during the spring and summer. Bats are common during the summer evenings. Barred owls can be seen and heard year around.

Dogs are allowed on this trail on a six foot leash. (They are not allowed in the Wild Gardens.)

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

Trail Manager

Visit Acadia National Park online for more information or contact:

National Park Service, Acadia National Park
PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone: (207) 288-3338
acadia_information@nps.gov

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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Respect natural resources, cultural and historic items, and wildlife by looking rather than touching.

Trailhead Information

Starting from ME Route 3, turn off at the Hulls Cove Entrance to the park and the beginning of the Park Loop Road. Follow the Park Loop road 2.8 miles before turning left onto the one way section toward Sand Beach. Exit the Park Loop Road at Sieur de Monts, take another right turn immediately, following signs to the Nature Center. The walk begins to the right of the Nature Center.

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