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Ship Harbor Nature Trail

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Address: Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME
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This scenic hiking trail winds around a tiny cove.

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Do this hike at low tide

This is a nice easy hike that is very family friendly. It was fun exploring the tide pools, so be sure and go at low tide. We even saw a couple of crabs. Parking is limited at the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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Collinsville, Oklahoma
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Collinsville, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a nice easy hike that is very family friendly. It was fun exploring the tide pools, so be sure and go at low tide. We even saw a couple of crabs. Parking is limited at the trail head, but you can park alongside the road or at least people were when we were there.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We did this trail after completing Wonderland Trail and this one was my favorite. Wonderland was a flat path that led to a nice rocky beach, good for climbing around the rocks. Ship Harbor trail provided a little terrain, great rocky spots to climb around and mudflats at low tide.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Acadia provides multiple opportunities for walking in different settings. The Ship Harbor Nature Trail on paper looks like a good one, but the reality is different. There seems to be some type of disease that has invaded most of the pines along the path. The number of downed trees is surprising, but more of concern are the bulges that are... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Low season and on the "Quiet Side" of MDI, but still there were plenty of people and deck chairs too. Still, it was a nice gentle walk, taking in an inlet and the coast. Cannot go wrong on the path, very easy to follow.

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ny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing!!! So worth the trip, we were advised by a ranger to come here as it is less crowded with beautiful shoreline & forest views. He was right, it was s very easy walk about 1.4 miles round trip but take extra time to enjoy the views & play on the shoreline.

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Hudson, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Nice hike to the shore. I've seen it described as easy; I'd call it a little harder than that. It is pretty flat, and the beginning is just a nice path through the woods, but about half of it is climbing on rocks by the shore. Got to see some nice views and some shorebirds. Were hoping for some good... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is a great trail with beautiful views of water and nice walk through the woods. Combine this trail with a visit to Bass Harbor lighthouse and lunch at Thurston Lobster Pound.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We hiked this trail and liked that it is not as crowded as most trails. We even saw a rabbit hop across the trail! It's an easy hike, we saw several families with small children enjoying it.

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Thank cclan10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

I am surprised this walking trail is not overrun with tourists. It has well planned and the walk to the outer reaches is spectacular. The tide pools here are fantastic. Check Tide Tables first. The sheer beauty and serenity makes this a photographer's delight. A must visit! Great for families!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This was a GREAT spot for tide pooling. When the tide goes out there is still about a foot of water and it becomes a giant " touch tank". We spent hours here looking under rocks at crabs, sea stars, sea urchins, sponges, muscles, and even found a baby lobster! Highly recommended for families with children.

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