Bar Island Trails, Bar Harbor

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Bar Island is a tidal island across from Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine, United States. The uninhabited island forested mostly in pine and birch is now part of Acadia National Park. There are walking trails on the island. A sand and gravel bar exposed only a couple of hours at low tide connects Bar Island to Bridge Street in Bar Harbor. At low tide visitors often walk across, or park cars on the exposed bar. However, on the island side in front of a locked gate, only a small area fringed with dense sea rose bushes is elevated enough to provide safe parking. Visitors have been known to return from a hike to find their cars submerging and themselves stranded until the tide recedes.The town of Bar Harbor has repeatedly attempted to obtain jurisdiction over this island connected to it by the eponymous bar, but a 1903 court decision confirmed that the distant town of Gouldsboro retains jurisdiction under its 1798 articles of incorporation.
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  • We spent a week in Bar Harbor at the beginning of October and walked many of the longer, challenging trails in Acadia. Going across the sandbar to Bar Island at low tide was interesting and made for a...  more »
  • The visitor center of ACADIA Park gives plans to navigate, there are short walks like OCEAN TRAIL (5, 5 km) and other very long, you can also ride the bike
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  • Stayed at harborside hotel. Right from the hotel, we Walked over Friday evening during low tide....very cool to be able walk over during low tide..no access during high tide....nice walk.  more »
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  • Fun to drive across the sand bar. Don't get stuck in high tide!
  • Yes! Yes! and Yes! When the tide is low, make your go. Trek high and there you'll spy...the most gorgeous view! See for yourself!
  • During low tide walk out to Bar Island and nice view of downtown Bar Harbor, a 1 mile walk to the top, easily accessible to most
  • Bar Island viewed from Mount Cadillac during a medium tide.
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