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Acadia National Park - Great Meadow Loop

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 trail is a great way to access the park via a quiet forested walk. It offers several opportunities to branch off and explore the Sieur de Monts Spring area and numerous mountain hikes in Acadia National Park.
Trail Activity
Length
2.0 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Bar Harbor
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone
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.

Starting from the furthest trailhead, taking the most direct route into the park, the trail passes through the woods and crosses Ledgelawn Avenue just before the Park Loop Road. Here a rustic wooden bridge crosses a stream. As the trail runs parallel with the Park Loop Road, there are signs for the Jesup Path and Hemlock Road. Both of these trails lead to Sieur de Monts Spring, a popular site in the park. To the right is one of the country's oldest golf courses. The trail continues next to the golf course as it turns right onto Kebo Street and crosses the road. Just past a cemetery on the left is the Kebo Brook Trail which connects to Stratheden Trail to Sieur de Monts and also Kebo Mountain Trail.

The trail again crosses Kebo Street with the golf course on both sides. After returning to the woods it curves right paralleling Cromwell Harbor Road and passes another cemetery just before it turns right and descends to Ledgelawn Avenue. For a more direct route back into town, continue on Cromwell Harbor Road until it crosses Ledgelawn Ave.

Other Information

Numerous hiking trails can be accessed from the Sieur de Monts area and there is now a connector trail that provides access to the Gorge Path and the North Ridge of Cadillac Mountain.

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

The trailhead is located out of town on Ledgelawn Avenue and has no parking. From the Bar Harbor Village Green, walk west on ME Route 3/Mount Desert Street. Turn left on Ledgelawn Avenue. Continue walking out of town. After crossing Cromwell Harbor Road and a small bridge, look on the right for the first opportunity to access the trail. This access takes the loop counter clockwise. For a more direct route into the park continue on Ledgelawn for 0.8 miles and look for the trailhead marker on the left. The walk up and down Ledgelawn Avenue will add 1.5 round-trip miles to the hike.

Once at Sieur de Monts Springs, there is Island Explorer Bus access to other park sites or back to Bar Harbor. Bus service runs between June 23 and Columbus Day.

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Trail Alerts

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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