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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. Discover how to plan a Acadia National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • A really wet and soggy day but the walk round Jordan Pond was lovely. Part of the walk is a bit of a scramble so if you have issues walking in uneven ground it might not be for you. 
    A really wet and soggy day but the walk round Jordan Pond was lovely. Part of the walk is a bit of a scramble so if you have issues walking in uneven ground it might not be for you.  more »
  • Go early! Trail gets busy and parts are not the easiest to navigate - walk on boards and over heavily rocky areas. Gorgeous views all the way around. 
    Go early! Trail gets busy and parts are not the easiest to navigate - walk on boards and over heavily rocky areas. Gorgeous views all the way around.  more »
  • Short walk to see the pond. There is a path around the pond people were taking. We only stopped for photos. Had to wait until others were finished their photo shoot session.. I’m being sarcastic... 
    Short walk to see the pond. There is a path around the pond people were taking. We only stopped for photos. Had to wait until others were finished their photo shoot session.. I’m being sarcastic...  more »
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  • The trail is very scenic and beautiful. It's kid friendly. Pretty views and a nice hike around the pond. East side of trail is flat and easy. West side requires some scrambling and then a walk on a boardwalk. Crystal clear, water with mountains in the background. Good photography spot
  • I hiked the Jordan pond trail clockwise. It is about 3.3 miles of loop. It is pretty much flat except there is a section which is rocky. The view is breathtaking. The sound of water is music to my ears. I went up there at 8am and had no trouble finding a parking spot. However, when i left around 11am parking area was congested. So, go early and enjoy the view.
  • Parking in the Jordon Pond parking area is challenging. Always cars skulking around looking for anyone to pull out – better have your seat belts on! We parked at the Visitor Center and took the free bus which turned out great. The seats are comfy and it’s air conditioned. They are scheduled for pick up every 30 minutes. The hike is a little over 3 miles. We started at 11:00 going clockwise, and it took us about 2 hours. We were being touristy and stopped a lot to take pictures. It was crowded on a Wednesday in July. The hike is mostly shady but there are a few sunny spots. The first half of the hike is fairly flat and wide. There are some rocks that can easily trip you though. The second half, you climb through some boulders on a narrow trail. It can be tricky when you came head-to-head with other hikers as you have to find somewhere to step aside. The next part of the trail is a wooden boardwalk that is quite long and narrow. They built in some areas where you can stop to let others pass but I still saw people stepping off the boardwalk to get around. Jordon Pond is beautiful and serene. The only wildlife we saw were some birds on the lake and a couple of frogs. BTW … you can access several other hikes from this loop such as the Bubbles. Not our favorite hike in the area but we enjoyed it nonetheless.
  • Loved this hike! Saw loons, frogs and some cute little ducks - not sure the ID. The walk on the boardwalk among the tree is gorgeous & mossy. Most of the hike is flat some rocky parts closer to the halfway point. 2-3 hours would be enough time to go around the whole pond. Went to the Jordan pond restaurant the evening before and came back the next morning for the hike around.
  • Nice walkabout in fall leaf peeping season. Pretty views and a well made walking path. A nice stroll on a beautiful fall day. Go early as it gets very crowded as the day progresses.

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