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

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Description

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](https://fatmap.com/routeid/2697178/beehive-trail) 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](https://www.theoutbound.com/maine/hiking/hike-the-great-head-trail-in-acadia-np).

"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