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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. Before you head to Bar Harbor, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bar Harbor journey maker tool, to make sure you see all that Bar Harbor has to offer, including Land Bridge to Bar Island.
Land Bridge to Bar Island reviews
The land bridge is certainly unique, but not that interesting - one will not often repeat. There is little to do on Bar Island, and it only takes an hour or so to cross and return. The land bridge..... more
The land bridge is certainly unique, but not that interesting - one will not often repeat. There is little to do on Bar Island, and it only takes an hour or so to cross and return. The land bridge..... more »
This is only accessible when low tide. You can walk across to bar island like a hour and half before low tide and during low tide to a hour and a half before high tide. Check the tide schedule before.... more
This is only accessible when low tide. You can walk across to bar island like a hour and half before low tide and during low tide to a hour and a half before high tide. Check the tide schedule before.... more »
This is a great thing to do. It's so cool to see and if you walk across to the island there is a nice trail and a house that was there but burned down years and years ago. If you do go over there make sure you know when low ride and high tide is. You don't know when the tide starts to come in find out. Because if you get stuck over at the island that will be the most expensive 1/2 mile boat ride you will ever have, don't believe me just ask around. But if you stay on the walk way it's always fun to skip rocks and watch the sunset.
Definitely a tourist spot. Save your legs and don’t take the hike to the top as the trees block any good view of the harbor. Nice to watch the tide fall to expose the bar. It’s rocky so I’d recommend hiking boots or tennis shoes although lots of people in flip flops.
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