- this is a short but interesting route across the gravel bar from the north end of Bridge Street in Bar Harbor to Bar Island. It is passable from about two hours before until two hours after low tide. The bar is usually wet, so wear appropriate footgear. Also, pay close attention to the tide, because it can come in surprisingly fast and trap you on the other side (where there are no facilities). Bar Island is partially owned by Acadia Park and partially owned by private individuals. Signs are posted, so please respect the rights of the private landowners.
Ship Harbor Nature Trail
- A self-guided nature trail on Route 102A on the western side of Mount Desert Island near the Bass Harbor Light. A 1.3 mile loop, Ship Harbor has some rocky ledges and nice ocean views to the south. The Ship Harbor inlet is quite interesting and scenic.
- the 55 mile carriage road system in Acadia winds through the interior of the Park on the eastern side of Somes Sound. They are covered with very fine gravel, are well graded, and cross about 14 stone arched bridges which are very beautiful and architecturally significant. Sneakers or other walking shoes are appropriate, and access can be obtained from a parking area on Route 233 about one mile from Bar Harbor, two parking areas along Route 198 to Northeast Harbor, and the parking area at the Jordan Pond House. A map of the entire system is helpful and can be obtained from the Park Visitor Center in Hulls Cove or from our Acadia Information Center location on Route 3 just before the bridge to Mount Desert Island. Fall is a particularly good time for a walk along the carriage roads because there are lots of deciduous trees among the evergreens. They are also great for cross-country skiing in the winter.