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.
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!
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National Park Service, Acadia National Park
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.
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:
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