Hikes in Acadia National Park are pretty easy hiking wise but absolutely worth it.
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If you’re following me you know that my most recent post was Our 3 Month USA Road Trip. In honor of that road trip I’d like to start doing an on-again off-again series of posts all about that trip! If you are looking for additional information on how to do a trip like this I recommend that post.
You might be wondering why I would go back and forth between posts but it’s mostly because there are some parks we visited briefly and others we spent a length of time at. That means that for some National Parks I’ll have a TON of information to compile while others not so much. Also, other opportunities will be popping up in between. Without further adieu.
Hikes in Acadia National Park begin with Cadillac Mountain.
You simply MUST wake up at the crack of dawn to drive up Cadillac Mountain and see where the very first sunlight hits the United States. It’s not difficult to do at all, except the getting up part and maybe the parking part but it’s such a beautiful sight to see.
When we went it was June and even in the beginning of summer it was chilly so bring something warm. The earlier you can get there the better! We barely made it in time and it was a little difficult to find parking and then a good spot to view the sunrise.
See the park easily.
By just driving Park Loop Road you’ll be able to see most of the Park without hiking. For our purposes (and skill level) we mostly only went on small hikes.
All along Park Loop Road there are pullovers so that you can see the sights. I recommend stopping at every one that you can manage! This is one reason why I recommend having a regular vehicle when you’re in the park because parking can be tight. The second is that there may be some roads that RV’s or campers are not allowed to travel down!
Be sure to buy an annual pass to the National Parks if you plan on visiting a bunch!
Hikes in Acadia National Park I suggest.
While I said that you can mostly see the park in your car and using the pull-offs, there were a few hikes that I loved. We did Thunder Hole which is pretty much what it sounds like. When the waves crash against the shore it creates a thunderous noise.
What I remember of that hike is to be careful. Slow and steady wins the race because where the ocean water sprays and rests it is slippery!
Otter Cliff that leads to Otter Point was a nice easy walk that had amazing views of the ocean. The drama of the shore meets the ocean in Acadia is what makes it a sight to see! Continue on to see Hunter’s Head where you’ll turn away from the sea and pass Jordan Pond which is a glacier-formed pond.
Later on, you’ll be able to see Bass Harbor Head where there is a 19th-century lighthouse. Finally, we saw Sand Beach where you can swim and relax.
There are a bunch more hikes!
We definitely did not see everything there is to see or hike in Acadia National Park. We did a few of what we considered the highlights. The dream is to ultimately get an RV of our own to go back!
That is ultimately the biggest problem I have with these parks, there’s so much to do! It’s not a bad problem to have for sure. Next time I know we need to be a little more prepared for some of the bigger hikes so that we can enjoy more of the park.
What about you? Have you been to many National Parks? Let me know in the comments!
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2 thoughts on “The Best Hikes in Acadia National Park”
Great tips! Our family loves visiting national parks and hiking is one of our favorite ways to experience them. Your photos of Acadia are gorgeous!
Thank you so much! Yes, National Parks are our favorite!