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Great Head Trail – Acadia National Park


After we went back to Bar Harbor, parking was tough to come back to midday near Sand Beach for the Great Head Trail, but we luckily found someone pulling out around the time we were getting there. I would account for a little more time to find a parking spot and the time it will take to walk from your spot to the beach. The best way to get to the Great Head Trail head is to walk across Sand Beach and the entrance is a bit hidden on the far side of the beach (to the left as youÔÇÖre looking at the water). This hike starts out in the woods, but opens up and has some pretty incredible views of not only the water, but on the loop back, there is a spectacular view of Sand Beach from a nice vantage point.

Quick Facts

Time Spent1 hour
Best Time to Visit?Daytime
Distance1.8 Miles (Roundtrip)
Type of TrailLoop
Bathroom Available?No
Cost for EntryFree
Worth It?If There's Time
Hiking DifficultyBeginner to Moderate
Seasonal?Spring - Fall

 Note: Always check trail status and weather conditions before visiting

How to Get There & Parking


Great Head Trail
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Parking: Free

What To Bring

Water Bottle(s) / Snacks

Waterproof Jacket / Pants (Rain Gear)

Waterproof Hiking Shoes (Sneakers or Boots)

Waterproof Backpack

Related Attractions

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Jordan Pond Path

Cadillac Mountain & Blue Hill Overlook

Great Head Trail is featured in the following itineraries:

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