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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  • Large pond! The walk is deceptive - longer than you think it will be because it is not an oval, it has jags and bays that add to the distance. We got a kick out of the signs with dire warnings about....  more »
  • Jordan Pond is a beautiful place and great for some light to strenuous hiking. We started just to do the loop but the took the Bubbles trail up and it’s pretty tough if you aren’t in good shape...  more »
  • Great 3 plus mile hike around Jordan Pond. SO scenic, we saw and heard a family of loons. Watched then fish and call out. It was just great. However know that parts of the trail are not easy, there...  more »
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  • Jordan Pond is an excellent entry level hike when first visiting Acadia. It's a great way to get those muscles of yours fired up for the many adventures that lie ahead. It's a flat trail that hugs the rim of the pond offering several breathtaking vistas. Along the path there are opportunities to break off and engage in slightly more intense climbs. One includes climbing the face of the South Bubble which is a steep, .4 mile ascent. That being said, the views are stunning and you get to test your might by trying to push bubble rock over! Good luck and more importantly, have fun.
  • The pond and trail is a nice, easy walk for the first half (we walked counter clockwise). But the west side is rough, with a few boulders to climb over. It’s not hard but may be too much for anyone with limited mobility. And it will take about 2 1/2 hrs to get around.
  • The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. There are lots of visitors but honestly you don't seem to notice, nor care, due to breathtaking beauty. Do yourself a favor and plan on a couple of days sightseeing. You will need a car pass that can be purchased at visitor center. You have to have one to enter park. If you really feel the need to go the beach at Acadia, go very early and beat the rush. By 11am the parking lot is full and cars are parked along park road for a mile or more. Put this National Park on your bucket list!
  • This definitely seems to be a heavily trafficked trail, and there were a ton of visitors at the Jordan Pond Restaurant. The hike itself is not difficult, especially if you just stay along the pond. It is flat all the way around, suitable for anyone who is able to walk the distance. There is one section where one must traverse some boulders that would be difficult for someone in poor shape. The views of the pond and surrounding mountains and amazing though, and you see them throughout the entire hike. At a moderate-high pace this hike took about 1.25 hours.
  • Well-maintained trail that includes a long section of raised wood beams (bog walk), some parts with large rocks to step over, and a lot of flat areas. It’s very busy, but that’s just fine. At the very tip of the north end of the pond, there’s a loon nesting only about 30 feet from the trail (July, 2019).
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