Ship Harbor Trail

Acadia National Park

Downeast + Acadia, Maine

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  • Near the start of the Ship Harbor Trail.- Ship Harbor Trail
  • An early overlook point.- Ship Harbor Trail
  • The path is mostly crushed gravel.- Ship Harbor Trail
  • Looking into the harbor from near its mouth.- Ship Harbor Trail
  • Nearing the mouth of the harbor.- Ship Harbor Trail
  • Boardwalks line the wettest portion of the trail.- Ship Harbor Trail
  • Looking out toward the open ocean.- Ship Harbor Trail
  • The rocky headland at the end of the trail.- Ship Harbor Trail
  • Following some steps back toward the first intersection.- Ship Harbor Trail
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Pros: 
Less crowded than other places in Acadia. Wildflowers. Ocean views.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
Downeast + Acadia, ME
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
225.00 ft (68.58 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
38.00 ft (11.58 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Ship Harbor Trail is a pleasant figure-eight loop along Mount Desert Island's southwest coast in Acadia National Park. It is less popular than many of the hikes along Acadia National Park's Park Loop Road, but it offers views that are just as gorgeous. The entire trail is only 1.8 miles, but those who enjoy bird watching or tide pool exploring will be able to spend hours here.

The trail begins at a small pullout along route 102A near the Seawall Campground. A pit toilet is available at the trailhead. The trail dips gradually before rising to the first intersection. Bearing right here leads to a small overlook of Ship Harbor. The placid waters host loons, eiders, and great blue herons, while osprey and eagles patrol the sky.

The trail continues paralleling the harbor, eventually reaching a second intersection. Another right turn will lead to a spur trail out onto a sandbar near the mouth of the harbor. Return to the main trail to continue. It rises slightly before looping around to the left at a rocky headland. At low tide, tide pools ripple with life along this spur into the ocean.

The trail continues to the left and eventually return to the second intersection, where another right turn brings hikers through an open forest. Turn right a second time to continue back to the parking area.

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