Ship Harbor Trail

A short, family-friendly hike with spectacular coastal views, birding opportunities, and unique granite outcroppings.

Hiking Easy

Distance
2.1 km
Ascent
29 m
Descent
29 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1 m
High Point
15 m
Gradient
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Ship Harbor Trail Map

Description

Just minutes from Bass Harbor, the Ship Harbor Trail and the Wonderland Trail are two of Acadia's best family-friendly hikes. A "figure-8" loop, the path is mostly level through a forested area "that leads to an interesting section of coastline where faults in the sheets of pink granite create numerous tide pools that are fun for children and adults alike to explore," according to this source. This is an excellent trail for birding, and leashed pets are welcome to join.

The trailhead for Ship Harbor Trail is due east of Bass Harbor. The trailhead for the aforementioned Wonderland Trail is just past it. Look for a small pull-off and roadside parking to serve as overflow on busier days.

As an alternative to the out-and-back, local guide Joe Braun suggests that for a longer hike one could continue east along the bay to where the Wonderland Trail comes out. You could then complete the loop with a short road walk between the two trailheads.

Sources: https://www.citrusmilo.com/acadiaguide/shipharbortrail.php https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/hike-coast.htm

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

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

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