Jordan Pond Path Trailhead, Acadia National Park

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Formed by the Wisconsin Ice Sheet thousands of years ago, Jordan Pond Path Trailhead in Acadia National Park covers 76 hectares (187 acres) of the park, with 5.8 km (3.6 mi) of shoreline. Enjoy a walk around the lake on a well-maintained hiking trail or on a carriage road. The clear waters reach 46 m (150 ft) deep, and visibility has been recorded up to depths of 14 to 18 m (46 to 60 ft)--the deepest in the state. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but you can kayak or canoe on its waters. Have a meal at the restaurant overlooking the lake to view it from another perspective. You can reach the area by car; hikes start from the parking lot. Add Jordan Pond Path Trailhead and other attractions to your Acadia National Park trip itinerary using our Acadia National Park vacation planner.
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  • We arrived late morning after traveling in that day. By this time parking was very difficult, but we were fortunate enough to find a spot as someone was pulling out of their place. We did the hike aro...  more »
  • The pond and views are gorgeous! We started in rain, so possibly there were fewer people than usual, but still quite a few. Walking counter-clockwise, trails were really really easy at the beginning, ...  more »
  • The restaurant at Jordan Pond was excellent. Our adult children all enjoyed the soup and said it was outstanding. We all got the popovers for which the restaurant is well-known. We had a lovely view.  more »

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A few campgrounds sit inside the boundaries of Acadia National Park. Camping is available in the park throughout the year, but most campgrounds are only open during summer. There are plenty of campgrounds around Mt. Desert Island, on which Acadia sits, and more located on the mainland within easy driving distance of the bridge to the island. For creature comforts, a lively atmosphere, and easy access to the park, look for a hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast in bustling Bar Harbor, which also has restaurants and shops. Quieter Northeast Harbor, which actually sits on the southwest corner of Mt. Desert Island, has a few quaint inns and bed and breakfasts that offer a more rustic experience than staying in Bar Harbor. If you plan to visit Acadia in summer, book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
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