Hiking in Acadia National Park is the best way to experience coastal Maine’s most beautiful landscapes. This well-traveled park — America’s oldest east of the Mississippi — wends century-old carriage roads and rough-and-tumble trails around weathered granite peaks, giving its 2 million annual visitors a taste of life beside the sea.
Some of the best hikes in Acadia National Park are low-mileage, perfect for families eager for a half day excursion. And the park’s resident animals, from moose to falcon to the occasional black bear, will be sure to keep you on your toes for the duration of your stay.
It's hard to find an ugly spot in the national parks. But these eight hikes take it to the next level, with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. Go for a walk.
Acadia National Park
This mile of heart-pounding mountain climbing is among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
This 10.3-mile dayhike traverses the rugged topography of Mt. Desert Island, leading to a broad summit high above an island-speckled sea.
Summit three Acadia peaks on an 8.8-mile loop, passing overlooks of neighboring bays and island clusters along Maine's coastline.
Hike to a crowd-free view of the ocean.
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