Acadia Park Hiking Trails

The Gorham Trail: A Scenic Adventure in Acadia (Moderate)


When you're all set to hike the Gorham Trail, find your way to the Gorham Mountain Trailhead parking area. It's right on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. Look for signs and parking spots just south of Thunder Hole – you can't miss it.

 The Gorham Trail's your ticket to jaw-dropping panoramas. Right off the bat, you'll catch glimpses of the mighty Gorham Mountain with its cool rock formations.  As you hike up, the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline take center stage. It's like nature's own big screen.  Halfway through, the famous Cadillac Cliffs roll in. Get ready for dramatic cliffs and jaw-dropping views of Frenchman Bay.  Keep trekking, and you'll wander through the forest, peeking at mountains and valleys in between.

Length-wise, it's around 3.4 miles round trip. That's like a 2-3 hour jaunt, depending on how much you're soaking up the stunning views along the way. No need to rush, take your time and enjoy the hike.

The big finale? Gorham Mountain's summit. Think panoramic ocean views, nearby islands, and the whole Acadia landscape at your feet.

Remember, the distances between these sights might vary, but you won't miss 'em – they're marked along the trail. Keep an eye out for Otter's Point in the South and the Beehive in the North as you face the coast. If you're feeling extra adventurous, you can keep on hiking – try the Cadillac Cliffs Trail or even the Beehive Trail if you're a thrill-seeker.

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Gorham Trail - Small Pond

Experience the thrill and exhilaration of the Beehive Trail (Advanced)


Alright, adventure-seekers, let's talk about the Beehive Trail at Acadia National Park. This trail is all about excitement, jaw-dropping scenery, and a bit of a challenge. Buckle up – here's the scoop:

Picture this: you're on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park, close to the famous Sand Beach area. That's where the Beehive Trail is waiting for you.

For parking, head to the Sand Beach parking lot and make your way to the trailhead sign at the eastern end of the lot.

Now, here's the real deal – the Beehive Trail isn't a walk in the park. It's a steep climb with a touch of exposed spots and iron rungs to spice things up. If you're up for it and have the fitness, let's do this! The trail's about 1.4 miles round trip.

Views, anyone? Get ready to be amazed. As you conquer the Beehive Trail, you'll be treated to views that'll blow your mind:  Right from the start, you'll catch a glimpse of the gorgeous Sand Beach from the trailhead. (Right at the beginning!).  Gorham Mountain will pop up to the south. It's all rugged and impressive. (Around 0.3 miles in)

The trail has it all – rocks, forests, and stunning scenery. And then there's the iron rung climb. It's like a metal obstacle course that'll get your heart racing. You'll climb the granite cliffs using those rungs like a pro.

Safety first! The Beehive Trail's no joke, so make sure you've got good footwear. Follow the iron rung rules and stay aware. If you're not cool with heights or have limited mobility, this might not be your jam.

Here's a tip: Start early to beat the crowds and make the most of your adventure. The Beehive Trail is a package deal – breathtaking views, thrills, and a challenge you won't forget. So get ready to hit the trail and make some memories!

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View from Beehive Trail

Nature's Thrill - The awe-inspiring experience of climbing the Precipice Trail (Definitely Advanced)


The Precipice Trail at Acadia National Park is here to give you an adventure of a lifetime. Brace yourself for jaw-dropping views and a hike that's not for the faint of heart. Here's what you need to know:

This trail is no walk in the park – it's a challenge. With steep bits and a dose of height exposure, it's one of Acadia's more intense hikes. So before you even lace up your boots, make sure you're prepared. Sturdy shoes and a healthy dose of caution are your best friends here.

The Precipice Trail kicks off near the Precipice Parking Lot on Mount Desert Island's east side. As you start, a lush forest sets the scene for your epic journey ahead.

Here's where things get exciting: iron rungs and ladders. These help you tackle those steep parts like a pro. As you climb, the views will blow your mind. Think dramatic cliffs and rock formations all around.

When you conquer Champlain Mountain's summit, get ready for an eyeful. Frenchman Bay, nearby peaks, and the coastline are all yours to soak in. Rest easy, you've earned it.

Along the way, you'll catch glimpses of neighbors like Dorr Mountain, Pemetic Mountain, and Cadillac Mountain. 

Bottom line: Precipice Trail is no walk in the park – it's a climb. The first half is all about boulder-hopping with your hands. In the second half, rungs and ladders come into play. Heads up, if heights aren't your thing, maybe give this one a pass. But if you're feeling brave and fit, it's the jewel in Acadia's crown.

A tip: Save this trail for dry days – it's not a fan of wet conditions. Plan for about 3.5 hours to cover the 2.6-mile round-trip loop. Park your ride at the lot on the Park Loop Road, a few miles from the park entrance. And if the lot's full, no worries – road parking's allowed too. 

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Precipice Trail - coastal view

Waves and Wonders: Exploring the Ocean Path Trail in Acadia National Park (Easy)


The Ocean Path Trail in Acadia National Park – a slice of coastal heaven that'll leave you awestruck. Get ready for some seriously stunning views:

First things first, where do you start? You've got options. Kick off your adventure at the Sand Beach parking area or the Great Head parking area – take your pick. Either way, you're diving straight into the coastal charm.

Sand Beach: Setting out from Sand Beach means you're met with golden sands and the endless blue of the Atlantic. Take a sec to breathe in the calm before you hit the trail.

Now, brace yourself for the showstopper: Thunder Hole. Waves meet rocks in an epic showdown, making a thunderous sound and a misty spectacle. But hey, keep your distance – those waves mean business.

Monument Cove's up next, and it's all about rugged cliffs and crashing waves. Picture dramatic rock formations and the ocean's colors against the shore – it's a sight to remember.

Time next for the star of the show – Otter Cliff. This granite giant's got serious attitude, towering over the Atlantic.

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View From Ocean Path Trail