Despite the millions of visitors to Acadia National Park each year, one can escape the crowds with relative ease. About a 30-minute drive west of Bar Harbor, the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island contains about a third of Acadia's land, with far fewer visitors.
This Compass & Key itinerary introduces you to the quiet side of Acadia National Park, located just west of the Somes Sound fjord. Your home base will be the small seaside town of Southwest Harbor, where you will find cozy cafés, creative shops, and friendly locals. Challenge yourself to a hike to the park's namesake mountain, then go beyond the trail with a guided sea kayak tour.
Full Itinerary: Full day, morning start
Trail Distance: 2.7-mile loop
Trail Time: 2-3 hours
Itinerary Starting Point: Little Notch Bakery, Southwest Harbor
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