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Bar Island Trails

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Address: Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME

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Great Hike when Tide is Low

This is a lovely, easy hike for all with breathtaking views. We crossed to Bar Island when the tide was low and hiked to the small summit with views out across Bar Harbor. We all... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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137 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is a lovely, easy hike for all with breathtaking views. We crossed to Bar Island when the tide was low and hiked to the small summit with views out across Bar Harbor. We all enjoyed it immensely.

Thank ropqsr
West Sand Lake, New York, United States
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347 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were very excited about the prospect of walking across the sandbar during low tide to access Bar Island. And I suppose the sandbar was mildly interesting if you're interested in looking for things that might have been left behind from high tide. But once you get to Bar Island, there's not really much to do. Sure, you can take... More 

Thank archman8
West Chester, Ohio
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189 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Go 2 hours before or after low tide. It is an easy walk across the sand bar and the hike to the top isn't bad compared to some within the main park. Once you reach the summit, you think you have the best view. Keep going down and to the right. You should be able to see a trail leading... More 

Thank Brittany P
Epsom, New Hampshire
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44 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

My family loves visiting Bar Island. Usually we just stick to the tide pools (this year we saw lots of star fish, a baby eel, and lots of crabs), but this year we went on the island and walked around. We saw a deer in the meadow, and looked out at the beautiful surroundings before heading back to town. We... More 

Thank Myriah B
Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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257 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Plan your hike accordingly to ensure you don't get stuck on the island due to the tide. The island itself looks like it's an old farm, lot's of apple trees! There wasn't too much to explore on the island but the gravel bar between Bar Harbor and the Island is a cool place to explore. The tide pools had all... More 

Thank Sarah C
Antioch, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 September 2016

It was very neat to walk over to Bar Island. Beautiful scenery. You definitely have more time than they say to walk over, explore the island and get back before the land bridge is covered in water again.

Thank CDFisher
Andover, Massachusetts
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167 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We got there while walking around and it was low tide. Very pretty. To bad we did not have the time to walk to Bar Island.

Thank Smilemilie
Wilmington, MA U
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45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Bar Island is a unique part of Acadia National Park located a short walk from Bar Harbor's Bridge Street during low tide. You can hike the trail up to the top which provides some good views of the Harbor and town. It is available to see for about 1 1/2 hours before and after low tide.

Hudson, New York
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

In an area with world class hiking trails, this is more of a walk than a hike. A good hike for kids or seniors who can't handle the bigger trails in the park. It's a bit of a novelty walking across the sand bar at low tide, and a short walk with views of Bar Harbor across the water. Kids... More 

Thank Ksmart15
New York City, New York
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164 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Check out the sandbar at low tide. We enjoyed walking along and taking a look at what we could find sitting in the puddles or hiding under rocks. One family found a size-able crab which was neat to watch. You can walk along the sandbar then you can also optionally add on the Bar Island trail.

Thank Brittany P

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