Wonderland Trail

An easy, family-friendly hike with endless opportunities to explore a coastal outcropping.

Hiking Easy

Distance
2.2 km
Ascent
27 m
Descent
27 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3 m
High Point
19 m
Gradient
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Wonderland Trail Map

Description

The Wonderland Trail, when paired with the Ship Harbor Trail, make for two of Acadia's best easy and family-friendly day hikes. The Wonderland is an out-and-back to a coastal point "where children and adults alike enjoy searching for life in the various tide pools," according to this source. The well-maintained path wanders through a beautiful pine forest and is mostly passable with a wheelchair or stroller.

1.5 miles round trip, the trail is simply an old gravel road to the ocean that is mostly level. On average, visitors complete the hike in around an hour, though you should factor in some extra time to explore the different vantage points and "crumbling pink granite along the coastline."

To hike the Wonderland Trail, park along Route 102A at the small pull-off or parallel along the road. The trailhead is minutes east of Bass Harbor, just past the aforementioned Ship Harbor trailhead.

Source

Difficulty

Easy

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

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

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

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