Acadia National Park - Bar Island

This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This gravel sand bar to Bar Island is open for about 3 hours during low tide. Once on the island, another mile of trail leads to the highest point on the island for a nice view back at the village of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay.
Trail Activity
Length
1.9 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Bar Harbor
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge, Sand
Pets
Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

For three hours during low tide, 1.5 hours before and after the exact low tide time, a gravel bar is exposed connecting the town of Bar Harbor and Bar Island. The bar provide opportunities for investigating small tide pools. Once on the island, the trail gradually ascends through the forest on an old road. At the next  junction, bearing right leads to an old home site with a view of Bar Harbor. Bearing left, the trail gradually ascends to the highest point and provides another view of Bar Harbor. Time your hike carefully for exploring the uninhabited island. Be aware that the timing of low tide changes by approximately 50 minutes each day, so you should find a tide chart and follow it carefully.

Other Information

Dogs are allowed on the trail on a six foot leash.

On the bar, tide-pooling might reveal snail eggs (look like grains of rice) and seastars. Pick them up and look at them, but put them back in place when you are finished. No collecting is allowed in the park!

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

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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Trailhead Information

Starting from ME Route 3, drive to Bar Harbor. Parking may be found on West Street, which intersects Bridge Street. At low tide, the gravel bar is accessible from Bridge Street.

During the busy summer months, leave your car at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and take the Island Explorer Bus to the Village Green in Bar Harbor, walk down Main Street, take a left on West Street and a right on Bridge Street.

Cars are allowed to park on the bar, and even to drive all the way across it, but are not allowed to drive on the island. Due to the tides changing, it is not advised to park on the bar.

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COVID-19 Closures in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is under limited operations due to COVID-19. Some facilities may not be available and staffing may be limited. Visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly and should practice social distancing, personal hygiene, and other behaviors to avoid infection in public areas. Visitors should not rely upon site staff to ensure their protection from contagious disease.

Please note the following restrictions in place as of June 1:

  • The Park Loop Road and most hiking trails are open
  • Carriage roads are open for pedestrian use only as crews continue work on blow downs, trenches and other hazards caused by winter storms. Bicycles and horses are prohibited until repairs are completed.
  • Rangers providing limited services in open air tents outside the Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • Campgrounds will open no sooner than July 1
  • All persons entering Maine must quarantine for 14 days
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
  • The Island Explorer bus service is indefinitely postponed for 2020

Visit Acadia's website for more specifics about which trails and facilities are open and which remain closed.

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