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Explore the best rated trails in Bar Harbor, ME. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the University of Maine Bicycle Path and Down East Sunrise Trail. With more than 8 trails covering 99 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag

easy, pleasant walk

October, 2022 by tinsleym

Lovely, flat, well kept. I started a bit further back at the Belfast Boathouse, walked all the way out and back for almost 6 miles.

Penobscot River Walkway

Has a nice River view, can occasionally hear trains tooting, people are dining to the side on restaurant patios

August, 2022 by rosalievalerio63

Has a nice River view, can occasionally hear trains tooting, people are dining to the side on restaurant patios

Penobscot River Walkway

Nice River view, can occasionally hear trains tooting, restaurants with people dining can be seen to the side, fine for a City Walk

August, 2022 by rosalievalerio63

Nice River view, can occasionally hear trains tooting, restaurants with people dining can be seen to the side, fine for a City Walk

Accordion

Down East Sunrise Trail

Urban Weekend Warriors Be Prepared

July, 2022 by fennecfox1947

After biking the Aroostook Trail, I came down to Washington Junction for the Sunrise Trail. I encountered several ATVs but only one was miffed (it was a narrow section of sand/gravel around miles 3-4 and they honked at me and I stopped to let them by). I have a Trek Verve with decent tires that I use on the C&O Canal towpath gravel/dirt/and crush-and-run. My experience with the Sunrise trail from mile 1.7 to mile 12.5 is that it was 50-60% gravel with some sand, 20-25% hard-packed smooth dirt, and 20-25% really sandy gravel that was difficult to pedal through. I'm used to doing 30 miles on the easy towpath crush-and-run but after 21 miles on this trail I was exhausted (I'm 63, give me a break). Horseflies!! I wanted to stop to blow my nose but 7-8 horseflies were ready when I stopped so I kept going. I liked the trail and maybe I will check out the other end but the west end is not for the casual biker.

Down East Sunrise Trail

Itinerary: 3 Trails in One!

July, 2022 by ishopforme25

Don't be intimidated by the atvs on this trail, the drivers we encountered on the 4th of July were polite and the trail was just wide enough. Machias is the most "settled" for 35 miles around on the north end with stores and restaurants, which is where we tried it out. Absolutely LOVELY! Plus--the U.S. Bikeway #1 of street routes has an easy section here that crosses the Downeast at Rim Rd, East Machias and heads into Machiasport, passing the site of the first naval battle of the American Revolution. PLUS!--there is a "Sculpture Trail" that intersects here as well, at Roque Bluffs state park and at the U of Maine in town. This well maintained trail needs an itinerary!

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag

lovely river amble

May, 2022 by 56x8j2sqr9

Twas a lovely way to start the day, walking above & beside the river with the dogs. Very accessible hard packed stone dust path & fairly smooth bridges. Highly recommend for those visiting Belfast.

Old Pond Railway Trail

Beautiful but Tough Running Trail

July, 2021 by sblanshan37

Great hiking trail, love the bridge crossing and bay views. If you’re looking for a good running trail - you may want to skip this one. You can run it - no real elevation gains and pretty straight forward there and back, but the railroad ties kick your butt. In some places they aren’t bad at all, but there are enough spots where there are handfuls of them packed close and tight making it very difficult. You can totally run it, but be ready for a the possibility of a potential fall or a rolled ankle.

Old Pond Railway Trail

Hidden Trail That the Locals Know About

March, 2021 by jmatlock

Heard about this trail from a friend. Wanted to surprise my husband who loves anything to do with trains/railroads. Was very hard to find the Hancock parking lot at first & we passed it & drove further down the road. Across from the Hancock City Hall is a small lot that holds 5 -6 cars. The sign marking the lot is parallel to the road so hard to see. Saw several locals walking down the street to enter, some with their dogs. Trust the locals - they know where all the good places are. Young family was having a photo shoot with a pro photographer on part of the trail in soft afternoon light with fall foliage as backdrop. One can see tracks & concrete that was once a platform. Trail has lots of rail ties, so watch your step. Unlike another reviewer, I am glad they were left there & bikes not allowed as it keeps the trail quiet. Since we started our hike after 3pm after being at Schoodic earlier in the day, we only got as far as the trestle bridge. After another family left so we had the place to ourselves & enjoyed the peace & natural beauty. Plan to hike the whole trail from end to end next time. Hike this trail - beautiful nature & peaceful. One con: No restrooms.

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag

Pleasant Afternoon Walk

December, 2020 by scball01

The Belfast Rail Trail is well maintained, clean and provides nice views of the water.

Down East Sunrise Trail

Great ATV/UTV Trail

August, 2020 by spike8717

This is a great trail if you’re looking to take out your atv or utv. At 87 miles from start to finish I was able to complete the trail in about 7 hours with frequent stops/breaks and average 40PMH. The trail is pretty smooth with little rough terrain/hills. We did not explore any trails off the main trail but would’ve liked to find a good place to eat lunch. Some parts are good for legit mountain bikes, short walks or equestrian use. Definitely a good trail if you just wanna get out and ride.

Down East Sunrise Trail

Great ATV riding

September, 2019 by eastbrook

Great ATV riding trail lots of scenery, nice small streams fish and mountains admire.
Saw two horses on the way to Ellsworth people riding were very nice we let them pass as we did not want to upset the horses. Great experence all in all. No complaints here! Life is too short get out and enjoy and avoid the miserable people! Thank you Maine for providing this great trail !!!!

Down East Sunrise Trail

Description of trail head location Ellsworth is not correct

July, 2019 by clsivak_tl

It said trail head was on Beals Ave, but it is actually on HIgh Street behind the Comfort Inn. Nice trail - pretty rocky in places other places very smooth. Encountered a bear on the trail - fortunately we saw him about 50 yds ahead and waited until he moved off. Pretty remote for the first 12 miles out of Ellsworth - very beautiful countryside.

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