Hiking in Acadia National Park, Maine
Posted On March 25, 2021
Whether you’re looking for a smooth ride or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, Acadia National Park in ‘Down East’ Maine is the perfect place to come. There is a hike for everyone here in this beautiful nature park, so put on your hiking boots or shoes and head out to explore. Here are some trails to give you an idea of the hikes you can expect to find in Acadia National Park:
This is one of the most difficult hikes in the park and one of the best known. This is a near-vertical hike in exposed conditions where you must climb a 1000 foot cliff using iron rungs and ladders. This ascent should only be done by people in good physical condition and a good head for heights. If you would like to attempt this upgrade, you must verify that it is open prior to your trip. This trail is sometimes closed between late spring and mid-August to protect the rare and endangered peregrine falcons that nest here.
Acadia Mountain Trail
This is another of the most popular and popular hiking trails in the park. This route is quite steep in sections, although in summer it is often possible for National Park rangers to take you up Acadia Mountain, including hiking this trail in their regular summer schedule. There are spectacular views from this route of Somes Sound and Southwest Harbor.
A large rocky staircase will take you to the top of this 296-meter peak. Mansell Mountain sits on the western side of Mount Desert Island and has fantastic views of the Great Long Pond. To complete this scenic ascent, park near the southern end of the Great Long Pond near Southwest Harbor. The loop is strenuous on the climb, although the loop is only a couple miles long.
There are several hikes to choose from on Cadillac Mountain. The most challenging of the hiking trails at the top is the South Ridge Trail. The ascent is long but fairly gentle, 7.4 miles of forest and then granite slopes. The North Ridge Trail, around 4.4 miles, is an open ascent with stunning views of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay. Alternatively, you can park and take the very easy loop trail around the 1,530-foot summit, for stunning panoramic views without much effort.
At the Jordan Pond Scenic Location, you can choose to take the gentle one-mile nature trail or through the woods and pond, or alternatively you can take the 3.3-mile route around the Shore Trail, following the waterline. Start in the Jordan Pond parking area, not the Jordan Pond House restaurant parking area.
These are just a few of the many beautiful trails to choose from in spectacular Acadia National Park.