Great Head Trail

Great Head Trail, Acadia National Park: Address, Phone Number, Great Head Trail Reviews: 5/5

Great Head Trail
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Michele M
Millersville, MD20 contributions
Stunning views & fun trail!
Aug 2021
This was my FAVORITE hike in Acadia. The trailhead is at Sand Beach, so after about 9am, you'll be parking along the right side of Park Loop Road. It is moderate in difficulty, with a bit of rocky climbing at the start and a few stretches here and there, but no dangerous cliff edges. I think it's about 400 ft total climb, with much of it offering gorgeous ocean views, each one more beautiful than the last. I had so much fun on this path!
There were a few families with young kids who seemed a bit stuck on the rocks, so it may not be great for the littlest kids < 8 years.
Written 14 August 2021
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Lisamarch
Chatham, IL1,212 contributions
Worth it for this excellent hike!
Aug 2021 • Family
This is NOT for kids under 8 or so. We really loved this walk and only saw maybe half a dozen other people, despite it being high season. We parked at the lot off of Schooner Head Road, and I recommend that. Sand Beach parking was crazy full.
This trail includes scaling and climbing rocks, both up and down. It's worth the effort!
Written 3 August 2021
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scrappysquirrel
Mechanicsville, VA455 contributions
Fun hike
Jul 2021 • Family
Our family really enjoyed this hike. The trailhead is at the far end of Sand Beach. The views on the hike were beautiful. There were few others on the hike, which made it even more enjoyable since some areas of the park are so crowded.
Written 1 August 2021
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Shadow9999
Woodstock, IL156 contributions
Fairly easy enjoyable hike
Jul 2021 • Family
This hike was a beautiful, sometimes somewhat challenging hike. But it was perfect for the family - even our two dogs loved it and never had a problem climbing up or down the rocks.
Written 8 July 2021
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skiddymarkson
Orangeburg, SC48 contributions
Beautiful View with a small steep grade
Jul 2021 • Family
This hike was extremely fun and we even took our 10 month old in our hiking backpacking. She loved every minute of it. It wasn’t obnoxiously crowded but it was popular. Difficulty was a 6/10 with some steep ascent at the beginning and then it levels off with a few more boulders to climb throughout. There were very few places that gave me some difficulty with my 10 month old on my back.

Views were stunning and it was well marked. We did the short option and took our time. Take a water with you for sure though. If you have difficulty pulling yourself up boulders, I would take advisement to go slowly or not hike this trail.

Would recommend… but don’t hike in Chacos or anything opened toed. Loads of rocks and boulders.
Written 1 July 2021
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georgeandgracie46
Dover, NH167 contributions
Great hike but watch your route
Jun 2021
We love hiking and I would say we are somewhat experienced hikers. There are two routes you can take. One is super easy and flat to great head. If you want to do a full loop though, it is a pretty challenging hike up or down on the blue trail. The views are completely worth it, just be prepared with good shoes. The NPS should label the challenging part of the hike a bit better.
Written 3 June 2021
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jmgrier
Marlborough, MA96 contributions
Family Friendly
May 2021
Easy stroll along the water to check out Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs, then walked across Sand Beach to Great Head for a bit of a challenge. There were many parking lots along Park Loop Road, but they began getting busy around 1-2 pm (when we were heading back to the car).
Written 28 May 2021
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David N
Minneapolis, MN95 contributions
Some of the best shoreline in Maine
Oct 2020
Stunning views. But, be ready for a moderate, plus trail. But, so worth the work. Take your time and enjoy.
Written 14 October 2020
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Valerie B
New Hampshire16 contributions
Great views, great hike!
Aug 2020
We took the dog and the kids on this one and we all enjoyed it very much! We stopped several times to take pictures and just take in the beauty of Acadia. Highly recommend.
Written 29 August 2020
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Louetta
Georgetown, MA278 contributions
Nice Trail For Active People
Oct 2019
There are two ways to get here by car.

One is go along the Park Loop Road to just past the fee station, turn into Sand Beach, walk down the stairs and across the beach and you are there. Remember in the height of Summer the parking lot at Sand Beach can fill up after about 9AM though they will let you park on the road.

Easier in my opinion is to go out Schooner Head Road, straight across the intersection that leads to the overlook and into the small parking lot there at Schooner Head above the beach. Then start the hike, you can walk down onto the beach about 1/4 mile along.

There are no facilities unless you count the parking lot at Sand Beach where there is a bathroom and water so bring food and water. I recommend good shoes. I usually wear running shoes around but change to something more sturdy for hikes like this one. Now there are paths which are easy and there are some that involve climbing over some rocks, though no technical climbing is involved. Much of it is in the sun so bring sunscreen. Later on if you like you can sit or lay on the beach. I always bring my bikini, or at least the bottoms, but it can be chilly because you are right on the ocean. Nice in the Spring and Fall and much, much less crowded.
Written 17 December 2019
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