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The Beehive - Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

A short & steep hike with a few technical areas where iron rungs are briefly used to climb up the side of the mountain

Hiking Moderate

2.2 km
154 m
152 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
19 m
High Point
157 m
The Beehive - Acadia National Park Map

The beehive loop hike at Acadia National Park is a short & steep hike with a few exciting (scary) sections where iron rungs are used to climb up the side of the mountain


This loop is only about a mile and half long with a 650 foot ascent and it should take just about an hour to complete.

You'll want to ascend the beehive only, as descending the beehive would be dangerous and you would cause congestion on the very narrow trail.

Start at The Bowl trail head across the street from the parking lot for Sand Beach. This is a very busy parking lot in the summer and the fall, so I suggest parking at the visitor center and taking the free shuttle to the Sand Beach parking lot.

Fore more info, visit my blog: <a href="http://www.ericsturgeon.com/blog/beehive-loop-hike-acadia-national-park/">Acadia Beehive Loop Trail Guide</a>



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

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between May and November


  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike

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