Acadia National Park - Day Mountain

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.
A short, family-friendly hike through, and with views of, classic Acadia landscapes.
Trail Activity
Length
1.3 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Mount Desert
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

The 0.8 mile trail to the summit begins in the woods, traversing boardwalks through wetter areas. After the first carriage road crossing, the trail continues through the woods, with increasing places that offer views as the trail rises. Four times the trail crosses a carriage road that wends its way back and forth up the small mountain before reaching the summit. This carriage ends in a spiral that circles the summit. The carriage road at the top, as well as some ledges on the trail, provide for views to the south, east, and west from the only 583 foot peak, that while not as grand as those from some of Acadia's taller peaks, are nonetheless breathtaking. 

For a shorter hike, the summit can be the final destination, with the same 0.8 mile trail used to return back to the trailhead. For a bit longer of a hike, a 0.5 mile trail down the north side of Day Mountain leads to carriage roads, which can be used to return to the trailhead, 1.3 miles via the carriage roads to the west (left from the north end of the trail), or 1.5 miles via the carriage roads to the east (right from the north end of the trail.)

Other Information

A memorial near the south end of the trail honors Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer who was the first European to encounter, and who named, Mount Desert Island.

The plaque reads:
SAMUEL D CHAMPLAIN
BORN IN FRANCE 1567
DIED AT QUEBEC 1635
A SOLDIER SAILOR EXPLORER
AND ADMINISTRATOR
WHO GAVE THIS ISLAND ITS NAME

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
acadia_information@nps.gov

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Trailhead Information

Head south on ME-3 from the village of Bar Harbor. From the intersection of Mt Desert Street and ME-3 (Main Street) by the village green, it is 6.9 miles down to the parking lot on the left. The trailhead is across the road from the parking lot.

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Safety
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:

  • The Park Loop Road and most hiking trails are open
  • Carriage roads are open but beware of hazards as repairs continue
  • Park rangers provide information services in an outdoor setting 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily outside the Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • Campgrounds are closed for the season
  • Bear Brook Picnic Area and Thompson Island Picnic Area are closed
  • 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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