Trenton Community Trail

This loop trail travels through a variety of forest communities and features a spur trail to a boardwalk and viewing platform that overlooks a native dwarf shrub bog.
Trail Activity
2.6 miles, Loop
Dirt/Forest Floor, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


This natural-surface trail loop includes bog-bridging, a boardwalk, three bridges, and a viewing platform at the heath, along with interpretive panels that point out natural and historic features of the trail. Many benches along the way allow hikers to enjoy a peaceful moment on this quiet trail. There are also small species signs which identify the flora of the trail. The dwarf shrub bog area is sensitive; please stay on the boardwalk and viewing platform.

Other Information

  • Trail is open between dawn and dusk
  • Pets are allowed off-leash at your own risk (there are porcupines here), but please keep your pet under voice control
  • Hunting is allowed on the property, wear blaze orange or other bright colors during hunting season

The Trenton Community Trail was created through the efforts of many volunteers and partner organizations. Friends of Acadia originally purchased the surrounding acreage in 2007 as part of the efforts to establish the Acadia Gateway Center. Friends of Acadia worked with the Town of Trenton to plan and construct all aspects of the trail from 2009 to 2013. In December 2013, Friends of Acadia placed a conservation easement on the property to restrict development and allow for public recreational use consistent with the land’s natural character. Friends of Acadia subsequently donated the land to the Town of Trenton.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Trenton or Friends of Acadia online for more information and a printable map, or contact:

Town of Trenton

Town of Trenton
59 Oak Point Road
Trenton, ME 04605
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Friends of Acadia

Friends of Acadia
43 Cottage Street
P.O. Box 45
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Phone: (207) 288-3340
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Wash your dishes at least 200 feet away from water sources, use biodegradable soap sparingly, and scatter the dishwater.
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Trailhead Information

The trail is located behind the Acadia Gateway Center at 685 ME-3/Bar Harbor Road in Trenton. The Gateway Center access road does have a small sign, but it is more easily recognized as a newly-paved road with prominent street lights on the west side of ME-3, near J&P’s Farm Stand. Follow the access road past the Gateway Center maintenance building to the farthest parking lot where the trailhead and kiosk are located.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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December 08, 2018
Hiking the trail last week 12/5/18 I heard what may have been coy wolves howling! Very eery. Check it out
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