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Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
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Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Less crowded than other places in Acadia. Wildflowers. Ocean views.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

38.00 ft (11.58 m)

Net Elevation Gain

225.00 ft (68.58 m)

Features

Whale watching
Wildlife
Bird watching
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

09/03/2018
Very easy hike, beautiful views off the rocks.
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