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. Using our custom trip planner, Bar Harbor attractions like Bar Island Trails can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • To reach Bar Island by foot you have to walk across the land bridge at low tide. Once you are get there, it's a short easy hike to the top of the island. There are a few spots where you can catch a... 
    To reach Bar Island by foot you have to walk across the land bridge at low tide. Once you are get there, it's a short easy hike to the top of the island. There are a few spots where you can catch a...  more »
  • I had read that the path would appear 1.5 hours before low tide. We got there about 2 hours before low tide, and it was neat to watch the path appear...until it didn't. With less than an hour to go....  more
    I had read that the path would appear 1.5 hours before low tide. We got there about 2 hours before low tide, and it was neat to watch the path appear...until it didn't. With less than an hour to go....  more »
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  • Awesome..don't miss it.
  • Awesome place to visit in low tide

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