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Acadia National Park - Compass Harbor

An historic site with ruins to explore, as well as a dramatic shoreline and views of Frenchman Bay and Ironbound Island.
Trail Activity
Walking Snowshoeing Hiking
0.80 miles, Round Trip
Easy, Moderate
Bar Harbor
Dirt/Forest Floor



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. 

The Compass Harbor Trail provides an easy walk through the woods to the shore just outside the village of Bar Harbor. The land is the former estate of George B. Dorr, who was instrumental in the creation of Acadia National Park as well as its first superintendent. The trail to the shore is wide and flat and suitable for strollers.

The trail begins amid maple and birch trees, and travels 0.1 miles before the first trail junction. The Compass Harbor Trail heads to the left at the junction, circling around to a dramatic shoreline over looking Frenchman Bay and Ironbound Island. From the shore, the trail continues back into the woods to the remains of the former home and grounds of the Dorr estate, including the cottage's foundation, stone steps leading down to the ocean, remnants of a saltwater pool, and the remains of gardens and apple trees. 0.1 past the foundation the trail loops back to the first junction 0.1 miles from the trailhead.

Other Information

George B. Dorr was known as the father of Acadia National Park. A gentleman scholar and lover of nature, Dorr lived at his Old Farm estate at Compass Harbor for most of his adult life, and devoted his endeavors and inheritance to the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of Acadia. Besides donating his Sieur de Monts and Old Farm properties to the Park, he worked closely with summer and year-round residents to bestow tracts, purchase land, and seek federal protection to create the Acadia you enjoy today.

This is a federally protected historic site. Please leave natural and historic features where you find them.

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

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Acadia National Park website, 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

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Trailhead Information

From the intersection of Mt Desert Street and ME-3 (Main Street) by the village green in the center of Bar Harbor, head south on ME-3. The small dirt parking lot is 1 mile down on on the left.

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February 16, 2023
There is a free iPhone trail guide application available for this location. It's called "Oldfarm" and can be downloaded from Apple's App Store. This app was commissioned by Acadia National Park and is trustworthy and very cool!
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