Bar Harbor, ME Walking Trails and Maps

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Acadia National Park Carriage Roads

45 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag

2.3 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Bucksport Waterfront Walkway

1 mi
State: ME
Brick

Ellsworth Trail

1.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Stillwater River Trail

1.8 mi
State: ME
Dirt, Grass

University of Maine Bicycle Path

2.5 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Down East Sunrise Trail

87.8 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Old Pond Railway Trail

2.9 mi
State: ME
Dirt

Penobscot River Walkway

0.3 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Concrete

Heart of Blue Hill Trails

0.75 mi
State: ME
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview The Acadia National Park Carriage Roads carry hikers, cyclists, and horse-drawn carriages across Acadia National Park much like they have for the past 100 years since their construction,...
ME 45 mi Crushed Stone
Visitors to the Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag (pronounced pas-uh-gas-uh-WAH-keg and conveniently shortened to Passy Rail Trail by locals) can see vintage trains at one end of the trail...
ME 2.3 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Meandering along the Penobscot River in downtown Bucksport, the mile-long Bucksport Waterfront Walkway is popular with both local residents and visitors. There are historic plaques placed along the...
ME 1 mi Brick
The Ellsworth Trail runs just over 1 mile between North Street (SR 179) north of town to Birch Avenue in Ellworth. Alongside the path runs an active line on which Downeast Scenic Railways offers...
ME 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Stillwater River Trail hugs the west bank of its namesake river through Orono, between Bennoch Road in the north (near the cemetery) and Main Street at the southern end. The trail passes through a...
ME 1.8 mi Dirt, Grass
The University of Maine Bicycle Path is a valuable link for non-motorized transportation, connecting campus with Old Town. Much of the trail passes through a scenic wooded corridor, following the path...
ME 2.5 mi Asphalt
Overview The 87.8-mile Down East Sunrise Trail passes through the woods, marshlands, and coastal villages of southern Maine. It takes its name from its location in Down East Maine, dubbed by early...
ME 87.8 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Old Pond Railway Trail begins in the town of Hancock, about 25 miles north of Maine’s famed Acadia National Park. The beautiful hiking trail winds through forests and wetlands for nearly three miles....
ME 2.9 mi Dirt
The Penobscot River Walkway runs for just 0.5 mile through Bangor's scenic Waterfront Park between Union Street and the intersection of Railroad and Front streets. The trail hugs the riverbank and...
ME 0.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
While these short trails only total out to around 0.75 miles, the Heart of Blue Hills Trail system is a vital community resource. This short trail system encompasses the John H. Murphy Memorial Trail,...
ME 0.75 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Recent Trail Reviews

Down East Sunrise Trail

Suitable Only For ATV's

June, 2024 by stevenatha53

I've never been more disappointed in a rail trail than the portion of the Down East Sunrise Trail we rode in Machias. It may be maintained, but it's maintained only for ATV's not for cyclist except mountain bikers and even then the large gravel present would make for a miserable ride. Just don't.

Bucksport Waterfront Walkway

bucksport water front

April, 2024 by cromeenesa

I love the waterfront it’s such a beautiful area and the scenery along waterfront is awesome

Acadia National Park Carriage Roads

A Superb Gravel-grinding Adventure

April, 2024 by luv2bike23

The carriage roads of Acadia National Park are among the most beautiful and rewarding places I've ridden. They are unique and unlike a typical rail-trail, but if they were, they would undoubtedly be in the Hall of Fame. The riding on the carriage roads is comparable to the Virginia Creeper Trail, with some climbing and numerous great views, but the carriage roads are generally wider and more engineered. They offer a fantastic range of scenery, including dense forests, lakes, stream crossings over historic stone bridges and spectacular views of the coastal mountains, bays, ocean and inland Maine. With forty-five miles open to bicycles, one can plan a variety of rides from relatively flat and easy circuits around the lakes and ponds to more extended climbing in the mountains. The grade is typically gentle and the National Park Service does a wonderful job of keeping the carriage roads groomed and free of obstacles. Being the only national park in the region, Acadia can be very crowded during the summer and the carriage roads are often congested. Cyclists need to be very careful around horses in particular. The more challenging and remote sections of the carriage roads are typically less crowded, so those are better choices during the summer. Late October to early November is the best time for cycling as the crowds, heat and humidity give way to crisp cool days without insect pests. The carriage roads can easily be ridden with almost any kind of bike except road bikes, but most riders would probably do best with a dedicated gravel bike, fat bike, hybrid or hardtail mountain bike. E-bikes are a common sight and can be rented in Bar Harbor. Suspension is mostly unnecessary but good tires are a must. Surface conditions can range from hardpack to fairly deep gravel, so wider tires with some teeth are helpful. Good brakes are also highly recommended. The carriage roads provide a fantastic cycling experience but they do require hundreds of hours of upkeep so please be sure to purchase a park pass. As a capstone to a stupendous carriage road adventure, Bar Harbor has plenty of restaurants where one can enjoy a traditional Maine post-ride pigout of chowdah, lobstah and beeah. Enjoy!

Accordion

Down East Sunrise Trail

Unfortunately not for biking, which is most ecologically sound, preserves the peaceful atmosphere, and provides healthy exercise

February, 2024 by debra.nygaard

Trail was ruined by loose stones, ruts, etc. cause primarily by ATV's and generally not rideable, even for wide tires used by a very experienced rider. Other reviews say the same thing. I don't understand why the powers that be allow ATV's on this "trail." Certainly there is support for a more sensible and appropriate use of the trail as well as lots of other places in Maine where you can ride your ATV. With all the need these days for clean air, energy conservation, healthy exercise for our population, preserving animal habitats, etc., why in the world would this continue to be supported along the entire trail no less!

Down East Sunrise Trail

Ski the DEST!

December, 2023 by icepilot139

I skied the entire trail over 6 days eastbound in February 2020. There were a few snow machines but they were never a problem. All were courteous and plenty of room to share the trail. Camping was fun and greatly aided by the picnic tables placed trailside. Very enjoyable trip!

Ellsworth Trail

Perfect walking trail, short, but very pleasant

September, 2023 by kerwooddr

Plenty of places to park at either end of this out and back trail. No ATVs allowed, obviously. Just a bit short of three miles, roundtrip. Very easy walk, only downside is that it's very much on the short side, less that 1.5 miles each way, out and back. No facilities along the trail, though there are plenty of opportunities to walk a few dozen yards to visit local businesses and eateries. Dog friendly, on leash please, and a dog waste disposal can is about halfway along the trail. Would that all walking trails made that accommodation!

University of Maine Bicycle Path

Simple, uncomplicated

September, 2023 by kerwooddr

Straight through out-and-back bike path to and from the Orono campus and Old Town ME. One emergency call box was out of order the day we walked the bike path. Only a few bikers, others were walking/jogging or running. About 1/3 in shade. Walk right, ride left!

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

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!

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