Bar Island Trails, Bar Harbor

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Bar Island is a tidal island across from Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine, United States. The uninhabited island forested mostly in pine and birch is now part of Acadia National Park. There are walking trails on the island. A sand and gravel bar exposed only a couple of hours at low tide connects Bar Island to Bridge Street in Bar Harbor. At low tide visitors often walk across, or park cars on the exposed bar. However, on the island side in front of a locked gate, only a small area fringed with dense sea rose bushes is elevated enough to provide safe parking. Visitors have been known to return from a hike to find their cars submerging and themselves stranded until the tide recedes.The town of Bar Harbor has repeatedly attempted to obtain jurisdiction over this island connected to it by the eponymous bar, but a 1903 court decision confirmed that the distant town of Gouldsboro retains jurisdiction under its 1798 articles of incorporation.
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  • Totally beautiful, but the tides add a memorable level of safe drama. At low tide you can walk across the rock causeway and tour the island. The time between low and high tide is 6 hours, 12.5 minutes...  more »
  • We had a drizzly start to our Tuesday August 8th, 2017 in Maine, but the sun came out at lunch, and the day was saved! The bar made of rocks that lies beneath the water from the mainland to Bar Island...  more »
  • This is a cool spot to go hang on a hot summer day. The views are wonderful, the water cold, and the breezes are 10-15 degrees cooler than they are on Maine Street. Get there 1.5 hrs before low tied a...  more »

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