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Three favorite walks in Acadia National Park

Over the past 15 years, Matt and I have walked and hiked just about every trail in Acadia. We love to talk with our guests after breakfast to assist them in figuring out the best plan for their Acadia adventure. Do you want an easy walk, a moderate hike with beautiful views, the mental challenge of ladder rungs and steep cliffs, or a strenious long uphill climb? We've done them all.

However, there are some magical walks in Acadia that just keep calling me back to them over and over again. They are walks for any age, or any fitness level.

The Jesup Path

Located just a short drive (or walk) from the inn, the Jesup Path is beautiful in all seasons. A 1/2 mile wooden boardwalk through the forest is the perfect spot for bird lovers. Take your time strolling along, taking breaks to close your eyes, be still and just listen. You may hear the barred owl's "who cooks for you" call, a woodpecker hunting for it's dinner or a deer strolling by. Walk through the Wild Gardens of Acadia and visit the Nature Center during the Summer and Fall, enjoying Ranger led programs and tours. Stroll further to the Tarn and visit with the frogs and ducklings as you meander the path along the brook.

Hunter's Beach

This walk requires a little fancy footwork along a "rooty" quarter mile trail through a magical fairy forest complete with troll bridges, a babbling brook, and a pebble beach at the end that sings to you! For an added hike, you can make this a loop with a climb along Hunter's Cliff to circle back to your car.

As you sit on the rocky beach, close your eyes and listen to the sound of the waves crashing and the crackling sound the water makes as it recedes back through the perfectly round rocks! Although tempting, remember not to take any of the rocks with you!

This is also one of our favorite family photo spots!

Bar Harbor Shore Path

A definite "must do" during your Bar Harbor stay, the Shore Path is just blocks away from the inn and perfect for an early morning sunrise or a stroll before dinner. During the summer, the dogs and I walk this path almost every morning before breakfast. I love to feel like I'm the first one up and I enjoy the walk through Town before it gets crowded. During the off season, this walk is peaceful almost any time of the day. This is also a great alternative to driving to the top of Cadillac Mountain for sunrise. Check out this photo I took last September (when sunrise was around 6:30 a.m.).

It was tough to narrow my list down to three. There are so many other enjoyable nature walks - the sand bar and path up to the top of Bar Island, the Jordan Pond Stream Trail to the Cobblestone Bridge, or the Upper Hadlock carriage road to the waterfall. There are no wrong choices!

Let Matt and I be your guides....we love getting to know you and sending you out to enjoy your day.

Coming soon, my favorite hikes...

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