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Great Head Trail

Acadia National Park

A scenic coastal hike with expansive views and the ruins of a historic tea house.

Hiking Moderate

2.5 km
75 m
75 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
9 m
High Point
44 m
Great Head Trail Map

The Great Head Trail is a scenic coastal hike that visits the remnants of an early 1900s tea house while offering views of Sand Beach and the Beehive along the way. Open year-round, the loop is noted as the "perfect early morning or late afternoon hike" that is far less popular than other trails in Acadia,according to this source. "Even in the summer/busy months, you may find yourself entirely alone the whole time while hiking," the author continues.


According to the park, this hike averages 2-4 hours for most visitors. Only 1.6-miles long, it is conceivable that it could be completed in less than 1-hour if you are short on time. Leashed and well-behaved pets are also allowed on this hike, though there are others in the park where they are prohibited.

To hike the Great Head Trail, park at the main lot for Sand Beach or at the smaller pull-off on Schooner Head Road (seen here). The Sand Beach parking area has restrooms and drinking water; the smaller lot has neither.

Sources: https://www.theoutbound.com/maine/hiking/hike-the-great-head-trail-in-acadia-np https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/hike-coast.htm



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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