Acadia National Park - Schoodic Hiking Trails

This network of hiking trails leads across the length of Schoodic Peninsula, from Winter Harbor in the north through spruce-fir forests, pine woodlands, and a shrubland, terminating on the southern end at Blueberry Hill. 
Trail Activity
Length
7.5 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Town
Winter Harbor
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Grass, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging, Pavement
Pets
Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

The network of trails allows users to link together anything from a casual walk to a challenging hike. Along the way, the trails lead through forests and farmlands, over rocky summits, and along the shoreline. In addition to the trails described below, hikers may also walk on the Schoodic Bike Paths, to lengthen or shorten their trek as desired. 

Alder Trail: This short, easy walk traverses inland from the rocky shore along a grassy path among fruit trees and alder bushes. Butterflies are common here, as are pitch pine, cedar, birch, and ash trees. This pleasant trail highlights the contrast between ocean and old farmland.

Anvil Trail: This trail provides access to incredible views from both the rocky knob known as the Anvil and the 440-foot Schoodic Head. The trail starts by climbing through woods of ash, birch, and spruce and ends atop rocky summits. 

Buck Cove Mountain Trail: This is the network's longest trail at just over 3 miles. The trail skirts the edge of Birch Harbor Mountain and leads to Schoodic Head summit. While it is longer and has more climbing than some of the network's other trails, the elevation gains allow for incredible views of the surrounding area and make this a very worth-while hike. 

East Trail: This short but steep trail goes up the eastern side of Schoodic Head, with views along the way of Schoodic Point to the southwest and Spruce Point to the northeast. The trail begins with a steady ascent, then rises quickly via switchbacks. In the spring, Canada dogwood and tiny white starflowers bloom along the trail. Gnarled pitch pines, cedars, and sea-green lichen are plentiful here.

Lower Harbor Trail: This trail offers waterfront views for the majority of its 1.2 mile stretch. The flat terrain and coastal views make this a trail perfect for everyone to enjoy.

Schoodic Head: This trail provides a fresh perspective on Acadia National Park and expansive views of the area. The trail winds along Schoodic Head, the distinctive knob many visitor only see from atop Cadillac Mountain. 

Other Information

Pets are permitted and must be leashed at all times. Leashes must be six feet or less in length. Pets may not be left unattended.

Trail Manager

For more information about the trails and the park, visit Acadia National Park online 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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Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Use local firewood from within 50 miles and clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.
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Trailhead Information

Parking for trailheads can be accessed in both the Schoodic Woods Campground (with more parking available) and at Blueberry Hill (less parking available).

Schoodic Woods Campground: Drive east out of Winter Harbor on ME-186 (Main Street) then turn right onto Schoodic Loop Road. Continue 0.6 miles down Schoodic Loop Road and turn left onto the first road possible (Farview Drive) following the signs to the campground. Parking is 50 feet down the road on the right by the ranger station. This parking lot is advised for first time visitors because the ranger station is a great source of information.

Blueberry Hill parking: Drive east out of Winter Harbor on ME-186 (Main Street) then turn right onto Schoodic Loop Road. Continue down Schoodic Loop Road for 5.1 miles (past the Schoodic Woods Campground and the Schoodic Education and Research Center). Parking is on the right, and well-signed.

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Peter Lewis
May 27, 2019
Went up the Alder Trail to the Schoodic Head Trail and down the Anvil Trail. What a wonderful loop through lovely forest! It's like you're in the Lord of the Rings. Nice trails for running!
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