Land Bridge to Bar Island, Bar Harbor

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Take a walk across Land Bridge to Bar Island, exposed only during low tide. The uninhabited tidal island, part of a national park, becomes accessible to walkers and bikers for about three hours each day when the gravel harbor seafloor is exposed. The "bar" connects the island to the town on the mainland during this short period. Once on the island, you can explore a network of trails and several scenic overlooks providing views of the town across the water. To avoid being unable to cross back to the mainland once the water rises, be sure to time your hike with low tide. Check online for a chart providing exact low tide times for this area. With our online itinerary creator, Bar Harbor attractions like Land Bridge to Bar Island can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We loved this short hike. We cut it close to the tide coming in so didn't do the full hike through the island but it was beautiful.  more »
  • Easy hike for people of all ages, but slightly disappointed. We were able to find snails and crabs, but did not locate starfish or sea glass.  more »
  • Walking across the land bridge / sand bar to Bar Island is something you really should do at Bar Harbor. It's not very far. Bar Island has an easy trail that leads to the top of the mountain for a vie...  more »

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