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Great Head Trail

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Our favorite trail!

Great, easy trail. Great Head trail is good for children and older folks. Take the sand beach side... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jenny B
via mobile
Not To Be Missed

This is one of the Park's finest trails. It begins at the end of Sand Beach and climbs high above... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Westford, Massachusetts
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great, easy trail. Great Head trail is good for children and older folks. Take the sand beach side for great views and. Little more of a challenge. Save this one for a clear day

Thank Jenny B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the Park's finest trails. It begins at the end of Sand Beach and climbs high above it. The trail is navigable, but requires some climbing and scrambling. I would not recommend it for those with mobility issues. The views are spectacular...More

Thank bklyn56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did this hike after spending some time on Sand Beach and after hiking Beehive. It's an easy trail to hike with great views of Sand Beach, the Atlantic and Beehive Trail. There are plenty of little stop offs along the way that give you...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went out one morning to run on this trail. It is a little tricky, involving some basic climbs over rocks and can be a little muddy but the overlook of the Sand Beach and the ocean is worth it.

Thank kurokitty
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

One of the best hikes in the park. Every time you reach a new plateau the scenery changes and it's more outstanding than the last view. We did the hike slowly so we could enjoy each amazing view. Took about 2.5 hours Keep your eyes...More

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 25 October 2016

On our first day at Acadia National Park, my husband and I took the free park shuttle bus from the Hull's Cove Visitors Center to Sand Beach. We were looking for the Ocean Path Trail (easy) but somehow ended up on the Great Head Trail...More

Thank DisposalDiva
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Great Head Trail can be accessed by Sands Beach. The trail is moderate, and offers scenic views of the Beehive, Gorham Mountain, and a few islands off the coast. Bring water and maybe a snack, and don't rush to finish the trail. There are many...More

Thank peaceluvrun
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We really enjoyed this hike - loved climbing on the rocks a bit to get to the top - the ocean views were well worth the hike - we went fairly early in the morning so it was nice and quiet!

Thank sharonn874
Reviewed 2 October 2016

I had just finished the Beehive hike and was looking for another nearby hike but nothing too long since it was late and I was on a bus schedule. I thought the Great Head trail would be more of a nature walk rather than a...More

Thank Tony W
Reviewed 29 September 2016

This hike was the second of the day; a trail found off of Sand Beach. A steep rock scramble made me wish I hadn't attempted it as I was fretting how the heck I was going to get down, but my fears were quickly abated....More

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