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The Shore Path is just outside Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor. It is maintained by the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association in conjunction with the homeowners who have houses adjacent to the path. It is over a century old.
On my previous visits to Bar Harbor, I’d stayed outside town and so hadn’t walked this short trail. In 2015, we stayed at the Harborside Hotel right on West Street in downtown Bar Harbor.
We enjoyed our stay here. We had a family suite that included a semi-private room for my daughter with bunk beds and a playstation. Once we got through the annoying Bar Harbor traffic to our hotel, we parked the car and left it in their lot for the most part.
The convenient location of the hotel puts most of what you want to do, or shuttles to what you want to do, in walking distance. The land bridge to Bar Island is right behind the hotel’s spa. You can read about this in one of my previous posts (links at the bottom of this post.)
The Shore Path starts about a block away, behind the Bar Harbor Inn. It runs along Frenchman Bay with calming views of the boats and small islands in the harbor in clear weather.
It’s a nice walk of about 1/2 a mile. One foggy evening, the tide was out so we added some cairns to the ones others had built on the shore. It’s not a loop, so we cut over on a path to Main Street and walked back through the town.
You can see my other Acadia National Park Posts by clicking on the links: Park Loop Road, Jordan Pond and The Bubbles, Bar Island , Schoodic & The Waters off Acadia
Location: Mount Desert Island
Designation: Historic Path, maintained by non-profit organization
Date designation declared: 1880
Date of my visit: August 2015