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Great Head Trail

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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We hiked this trail in the morning, and it was not crowded at all. You need to follow the blue... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karen Z
Chicago, Illinois
Not quite as good as I had remembered it.

We first took this hike when my kids were 6 & 8, and we all loved it. I think it was my favorite... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bowie, Maryland
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We hiked this trail in the morning, and it was not crowded at all. You need to follow the blue paint to stay on the trail (every once in a while it was a little difficult to tell exactly where the trail was, but the...More

Thank Karen Z
Reviewed 3 days ago

We first took this hike when my kids were 6 & 8, and we all loved it. I think it was my favorite hike then. But this time (14 years later) we hiked it in the afternoon after doing a loop the Beehive, Gorham Mtn...More

Thank khollth
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great hike right near Sand Beach accessed by simply walking the length of the beach and up the obvious path (though it was unmarked). We found the route not as well marked as other trails we had hiked on, but if you simply walk the...More

1  Thank Andre S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Did this hike with our 8yr old son. Entrance is at the end of sand beach, up a set of stone stairs (not clearly marked). When you climb the first set of stairs, head to the right. The beginning was the most challenging ( for...More

Thank renajc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started on the trail and walked a good amount. My Wife was having trouble with her foot so we ended up turning around. What we saw was great sceneries.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked this trail twice while in Acadia - once from the trail head and once from Sand Beach. The start from the trail head hike was a little easier, maybe because that was the second time on the trail. Nonetheless, our 5-year old loved...More

2  Thank BKM407
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this trail as it is perfect for a family. It's not to long, there are rocks to climb, tidal pools to check out and great views of Sand Beach. The whole family enjoyed it.

Thank Eleni B
Reviewed 14 July 2017

With time to kill on Sand Beach, our family walked toward a set of cliffs and were surprised to see a trailhead nearby. It was unmarked, but a quick search told us it was the Great Head Trail. It was not part of our park...More

1  Thank Jay H
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

As we were not allowed on Sand Beach with our dog, we wanted a hike to find a good view of the beach. The Great Head trail did not disappoint!! We decided to hike up the tough rock scramble instead of down with the dog...More

Thank Erica B
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Kind of a tricky hike as it was along jagged rock and uneven terrain, so make sure you have sneakers or trail shoes on for good grip. Animals are not allowed on this trail.

Thank Mimi O
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