One of the most celebrated and popular parks in the U.S., Acadia National Park is known for its magnificent hiking and biking trails, and an array of outdoor activities from bird watching and horseback riding to fishing and boating. Meander through the park's historic carriage roads and flowering meadows, go on a canoeing tour along the coastline, or climb to the summit of Cadillac Mountain - the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast.
Guests who would rather enjoy the view and let someone else do the driving should take advantage of local companies that offer guided tours of the park. One of the most popular bus and carriage tour operators, Oli's Trolley, picks up riders directly across the street from the West Street Hotel.
Hiking in Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park boasts more than 120 miles of hiking trails that range from easy to strenuous. Whether you prefer walking along gentle shore paths that overlook the coastline or the steep mountain trails left best to experienced hikers, Acadia features trails for visitors of all skill levels. Many of the park's hiking trails are also extremely short, allowing you to devote as much or as little time to scenic walks as you please. The average one-way trail length is approximately one mile, with only a few trails equaling two miles or more.
Visitors hiking in Bar Harbor should note that many of Acadia's hiking trails intersect with each other to form a complex network that result in trail loops that cover large areas of the island. While the hiking trails in Acadia National Park are well marked, you will need a good map to successfully combine multiple hiking trails. These maps can be purchased at numerous locations around the island.
Biking Trails in Acadia National Park
Biking is one of the most popular things to do in Bar Harbor, ME, especially on the 45 miles of scenic, auto-free carriage roads in Acadia National Park. Not planning on traveling with your bicycles? You'll find several local bicycle shops with rentals available. The West Street Hotel also invites you to take advantage of The Island Explorer, a complimentary shuttle that can take you and your bicycles safely into the park. Carriage road maps can be found on the Acadia National Park website