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Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

Next Trip: September 2019
Trip Rating: Strenuous Maximum Daily mileage: 6-10
Terrain: Mountainous hikes with rocks and roots
Elevation gains: Up to 1,000 feet - altitudes higher than 5,000 feet

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Otter Cliffs

Gaze at the Atlantic from Otter Cliffs.

Fall in love with Maine...

  • Gaze at dawn“s first light from atop the highest coastal mountain north of Rio de Janeiro ... at Northwoods forests tinged with autumn color ... at harbor seals bobbing near your kayak and whale flukes disappearing into the ocean near your whale-watching boat ... at lighthouses and tidal pools.
  • Smell wild roses along the harbor path ... sea air ... flowers of Thuya Garden above a quiet harbor.
  • Listen to waves crashing against pink-granite cliffs ... the call of loons and gulls ... clanging sea buoys ... shells crunching as you cross the ocean floor at low tide to a deserted island.
  • Taste succulent lobster ... ripe Maine blueberries ... fresh, warm popovers on the lawn of the famous Jordan Pond House.
  • Feel the ocean“s gentle breeze as you cruise on a windjammer ... the warmth of sun-baked granite as you sit and watch the Atlantic Ocean ... the lap of cool waves on your toes.

*No wonder Backpacker magazine’s readers named Acadia one of their 3 favorite national parks!*

Highlights of your Acadia trip

Great Head Penninsula

Score amazing vistas from Great Head Peninsula

Saturday

Fly into Bangor International Airport, where we“ll rendezvous and drive you to our lodge in Bar Harbor, Maine, an hour away.

Settle into your room at Atlantic Eyrie, with sweeping views overlooking the Atlantic“s scenic Frenchman Bay.

Savor the Chart Room“s succulent Maine lobster and other fine seafood ? and enjoy the sunset.

Sunday

Watch the sun rise over the ocean from your balcony, and enjoy the Atlantic Eyrie’s hearty complimentary breakfast

We“ll hike 2 miles along the rugged Atlantic coastline as we follow the Ocean Path, enjoying Otter Cliffs, blowholes, amazing views, and Acadia“s pink granite rocks. Eat your trail lunches on those warm rocks while overlooking the sparkling blue Atlantic. Then we“ll visit Acadia“s only sand beach, nestled in a lovely cove, on our way to the 1.4-mile hike on Great Head Peninsula. It juts into the Atlantic and offers fabulous ocean vistas. Afterward, dine at one of Bar Harbor“s outstanding restaurants or catch the optional sunset-sail aboard the Margaret Todd schooner.

Bubbles

Enjoy views of the "Bubbles" from our
lakeside lunch at Jordan Pond House.

Monday

We“ll hike 3.3 level miles around lovely Jordan Pond. Add 2.6 more miles if you“d like the optional hike to famous South Bubble“s awesome vistas and precariously balanced Bubble Rock

Savor popovers and other goodies on the lawn of famous Jordan Pond House, with views of the mountain you just climbed. Then stroll through charming Asticou/Thuya Gardens, overlooking an iconic ocean harbor

Share a casual evening in the leaders“ room, enjoying home-cooked lasagna, salad, warm bread, yummy dessert ... and great camaraderie. Then, join us to star-gaze and count shooting-stars at Sand Beach.

Tuesday

We“ll hike 2.2 miles to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the Atlantic seaboard north of Rio de Janeiro, relishing stunning vistas along the way. Then, join us for a relaxing afternoon boat tour of gorgeous Frenchman Bay. See and learn about the magnificent mansions along the coast, Egg Rock lighthouse, the Porcupine Islands, Bar Harbor“s shoreline, and the Bay“s wildlife, including eagles, porpoises, and seals.

Finish this fabulous day with free evening time in Bar Harbor to explore, shop, and dine.

Ocean Kayaking

Ocean kayak among harbor seals on the
quiet side of the island.

Wednesday

View morning“s first spectacular sunrays from the peak of Cadillac Mountain. We“ll enjoy a delicious early-morn breakfast at a favorite Bar Harbor restaurant. Then chalk up another bucket list adventure as you hike 1.4 miles across the ocean floor at low-tide to explore uninhabited Bar Island and its great views of Bar Harbor.

On this free afternoon, opt for ocean kayaking on the island“s quiet west side (which we“ll arrange for you), whale watching, Bar Harbor shopping, reading on your balcony, or strolling the Bar Harbor Shore Path to admire grand, ocean-front homes and their gorgeous views.

Dine together at one of Bar Harbor“s great restaurants.

Trips are always good with Trailbound! I come home with a positive outlook and sense of achievement that help support decisions in my life. And I love spending time with the wonderful women I meet. ~ "Wonder Woman"
Bar Island

Hike across the ocean bay at low tide to
secluded Bar Island.

Thursday

Enjoy the scenic drive to the island“s western "quiet side". Along the way, we“ll stop at picturesque Somesville Bridge for photos. Then take in amazing vistas from atop Beech Cliff and Beech Mountain on this 1.9-mile circuit, and munch lunch while enjoying the panoramic views. After the hike, stop by peaceful Echo Lake for a toe-dip.

In the afternoon, explore tidal pools, search for blue mussel shells, and take time to relax on warm pink granite slabs while enjoying the ocean“s crashing waves on this 1.3-mile loop at Ship Harbor. Then photograph the island treasure, Bass Harbor Lighthouse.

Dine at a favorite restaurant in Southwest Harbor, enjoying our ocean view and last dinner together.

Ocean Kayaking

Hike the lovely, rugged coastline near Ship Harbor.

Friday

(Travel day) Cherish one last sunrise over Frenchman Bay. Then let us shuttle you to the Bangor Airport. Return home with amazing memories and stories, new confidence, warm friendships, and a renewed love for the great outdoors and this beautiful country of ours.

Cadillac Mountain

Watch morning“s first light from atop Cadillac Mountain.

whales

Whale watch near Bar Harbor.

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The trip cost includes:

  • 6 days and nights at lovely Atlantic Eyrie Lodge (double- occupancy). Enjoy fabulous views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands, private balconies, mini fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, flat-screen TV, heated outdoor pool, and frequent shuttles from the hotel door to downtown Bar Harbor. (Add $500 for a solo room.)
  • Guided hikes each day with experienced leaders.
  • 2-hour narrated boat tour of Frenchman Bay.
  • Transportation throughout the week to our hikes, activities, and dining.
  • Shuttles to and from Bangor International Airport within designated time slots
  • Complimentary breakfasts at our hotel.
  • Yummy, home-cooked dinner by your guides on Monday.
  • Park entrance fees and permits.
  • Guided discussions, based on what we see in nature each day, that foster warm camaraderie and help you view nature and yourself in new ways.
  • Informational booklet packed with suggestions on what to bring; fun facts about the area’s history, weather, and wildlife; and hiking tips.
  • Photo CD memento of the trip.
hiking salute

Celebrate a great hike by passing under the hiking-stick salute.

hiking salute

Enjoy a sunset-sail aboard the Margaret Todd schooner.

“I enjoyed the beauty of the vistas from oceanside and mountaintops.” ~ "Running Water"

“The leaders were great, and our fellow hikers were wonderful! This trip made me feel a little stronger inside.” ~ "Rock Star"

This trip surpassed my expectation. I didn’t know how beautiful Maine is. The leaders did an excellent job of keeping us on schedule and informed, plus coming up with interesting activities on a rainy day. ~ "Sunny"

“I left Maine with a sense of accomplishment that I actually did it! Plus, I love the strength you get from the other women, and the friendships you develop. Great experience!” ~ "Barb"

“I don’t know that I’d ever have gotten to Maine without Trailbound, and I’m sure I’d never have seen the parts we explored. Keep up the great opportunities.” ~ "Little Bit"

“I loved not having to think about anything — someone else took care of all the arrangements and I just had to show up. It also reminded me about taking time and doing things just for myself.” ~ "Seal"

“The hiking was incredible, the spiritual atmosphere was uplifting, and the beauty of Acadia far surpassed what I had expected. I also liked making and talking to new friends -- and understanding that my life isn’t the only complex one! ”~Tai Tai

“I like to hike. I like nature and how I feel after I’ve been a part of the outdoors. It fills me up. I go home and feel I’m a better listener, a better friend, wife, and person. I’m so glad that I found this group. This was my third hike with you and I’m planning to join you in Minnesota and then Glacier! ”~Ladybug

“This trip was better than I dreamed it would be. Every day was a new adventure for us. It also helped me to see how well women can function as a group … how caring and understanding they can be. ” ~Pat

“ I want to thank you again for all you did to make the Maine trip so fantastic … I am still basking in the glow. And where do you find all these fun and caring women? ” ~White Dove

“ I loved meeting new friends and laughing so much. Not a care or worry in the world for an entire week. I also enjoyed being accepted into the group for “me” - just me - who I am - no questions - no judgement - no standards to be judged by. You attract such a great group of ladies. Thank you for sharing your gift with me - with all of us.” ~Dream Catcher

“This was truly a life-changing experience for me. And an EXPERIENCE it was. It was not a ’trip’ to Maine, but you taught me how to ’experience’ my travels. The scenery and companionship were awesome. Thanks many times over. ”~Diane