Ocean Path, Bar Harbor

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Set within a national park, Ocean Path winds along the rugged coast and offers scenic views of the ocean. An easy, accessible gravel path takes you through a sweet-smelling spruce forest; along the way, a few small trails and rocky steps can bring you closer to the water. Explore the rocky ledges and hidden coves, but beware of the waves, which can get quite large at times. Early mornings and late afternoons see fewer crowds on this much-frequented path. Use our Bar Harbor trip planning app to arrange your visit to Ocean Path and other attractions in Bar Harbor.
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  • This is just what the name implies, a walkway by the ocean. It is very scenic and begins at the far end of the upper parking lot at Sand Beach, and then meanders in a southerly direction along the eas...  more »
  • This is a nice easy walk along the ocean. There are some good but not spectacular views. The sea can be quite wild and there are some nice rocks to stand on. The walk is not hard at all so is probably...  more »
  • We walked the 2 miles there and 2 miles back along the coast of Mount Desert Island and stopped in at Thunder Hole on the way, it took a while (mostly because I couldn't stop taking pictures. If you g...  more »

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The waterfront in Bar Harbor features some of the more upscale hotels, with extras like rooftop pools, quaint dining areas, and spas. Head back from the water to find budget-friendly guesthouses and simple hotels on side streets adjoining the main commercial thoroughfares. Follow the coastal road leading north and south of town for some convenient motels.
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