Bar Harbor Shore Path

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The Bar Harbor Shore Path runs along the waterfront just outside Acadia National Park. The Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association maintains it in conjunction with the homeowners who have houses adjacent to the path. It is over a century old.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Location: Mount Desert Island
Designation: Village trail
Date designated/established: 1980
Date of my visit: August 2015

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