Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
95.00 ft (28.96 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
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The Jordan Pond Loop is a 3.5-mile loop trail that begins along the southern shoreline of Jordan Pond. Most will complete the hike in 1.5 to 2 hours. While the trail is nearly flat, the western shoreline requires hikers to navigate 1 mile of double-planked boardwalk and scramble through granite boulders.

These boulder sections generally only allow one-way traffic. During the busy summer afternoons this can cause a traffic jam as hikers have to alternate passing one another. While still considered a moderate hike by Acadia National Park, the trail can be difficult for those with mobility or balance concerns. The eastern shoreline is generally flat with minimal obstacles. The halfway point is marked by a wooden bridge, which spans the inlet to the pond.

Hikers can expect to see picturesque views of the surrounding granite mountains, including the iconic North Bubble and South Bubble. The South Bubble can be accessed via the Jordan Pond Trail. A wide variety of trees, which attract numerous birds and deer, cover the surrounding mountains. The boardwalk protects a marshy woodland blanketed by moss and wildflowers that are home to a variety of hardy amphibians. The trail is dog and family friendly. Once the hike is complete, consider stopping off at the Jordan Pond House for a popover, a muffin-like pastry for which the Jordan Pond House is famous.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Scenic views. Pet friendly. Shaded trail.

Cons

Crowds. Bugs. Rocky terrain.

Trailhead Elevation

274.00 ft (83.52 m)

Highest point

290.00 ft (88.39 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Historically significant
Wildlife
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Shelters
Big vistas
Potable water
Wildflowers
Bird watching
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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