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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  • We walked across the the bar at low tide. The trail is very nice. It climbs consistently but not too extreme - at least not for people that usually live at 5280 ft. like we do. We very much enjoyed th...  more »
  • Bar Island is a must! Just make sure to time it right and you can hike the Summit and get great views!  more »
  • if not told of this, you'd never know! Amazing to "walk on water" in low tide, then discover your "bridge" is GONE at high tide...great story to share when you get back home  more »