Ocean Path

Bar Harbor, ME
Length: 4.40 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 4    Average: 3.5/5]

This hike takes you along Acadia’s pink-granite coastline to Otter Point. Otter Point is a spot where people like to watch the sunset. Ocean Path trailhead is right before the stairs to Sand Beach.

Half way along the path you will come to Thunder Hole. There is a side path to take you down stairs to a viewing area.  This is known for the thunderous roar when the surf crashes through rocky chasms. Be careful visiting Thunder Hole during stormy weather, visitors have been swept out to see here. So watch for large waves and stay a safe distance.

Before Otter Point, you will come across Otter Cliff. Here you may get to see rock climbers scaling the side.

This is a graded gravel path and forest floor trail that is relatively easy. You can go the full distance or turn around at any point. It is often a busy trail during tourist season. The best times to walk are very early or late during this time.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Beach, Camping Nearby, Junior Ranger Program, Rockclimbing, Shaded Hike, Shelter, and Viewpoint

Sand Beach: pretty beach between cliffs

Thunder Hole: Known for the thunder clap sound that can happen as waves go through.

Otter Cliff: Rock Climbing

Otter Point: Sunset

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $30.00

From May – October a pass is required for Acadia National Park. $30 fee is for a single vehicle (15 people or less) for 7 days.

Parking for this hike is at the Sand Beach Parking area.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 4    Average: 3.5/5]

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