20 Stunning Photos of Iconic Acadian Hiking Trails

There are no bad eyesights in Acadia National Park.

With over 120 miles of hiking trails and 26 mountains to climb in the park, there are countless places to soak up the views of Mount Desert Island, the Atlantic Ocean, and the surrounding Maine coastline.

And you don’t even have to go in the summer to get the best views. In fact, sometimes bare trees in winter give way to spectacular sights that you might have otherwise missed.

We’ve put together 20 photos that show exactly what awaits you on these iconic trails.

The beehive trail

The narrow Beehive Trail winds its way up the face of Beehive, a 520-foot-tall granite hump in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island June 10, 2012. The famous sandy beach can be seen nearby. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki / NDB

Deer Brook Trail, Mount Penobscot

The Deer Brook Trail in Acadia National Park.
The Deer Brook Trail passes under the Deer Brook Bridge October 26, 2016 on Sargent Mountain, which rises 1,373 feet above sea level in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki / BDN

Norumbega Mountain Trail

The Norumbega Mountain Trail in Acadia National Park.
Aislinn Sarnacki hikes along the ridge of Norumbega Mountain on the Norumbega Mountain Trail April 26, 2013 in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Next to it is a Bates cairn (with an extra rock on top), designed by Waldron Bates in the early 1900s to mark some of the original trails on MDI. Credit: Courtesy of Derek Runnells

Bubble Trail, South Bubble

Hikers Meghan Carter and Brent Walter reach the upper ledges of South Bubble after climbing the steep trail up from Jordan Pond (background) in Acadia National Park July 4, 2012. Fog surrounds South Bubble and obscures nearby Park Loop Road. Credit: Brian Swartz / NDB

Gorge Path, Cadillac and Door Mountain

The Gorge Path in Acadia National Park.
In this July 14, 2016 file photo, Acadia National Park’s Gorge Path winds between the Cadillac and Dorr mountains. Credit: Micky Bedell / BDN

Parkman Mountain Trail

The Parkman Mountain Trail in Acadia National Park.
In this April 10, 2016, file photo, Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog walk along a particularly rocky and scenic section of the Parkman Mountain Trail in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Credit: Courtesy of Derek Runnells

Pemetic South Ridge Trail

Pemetic South Ridge Trail in Acadia National Park.
The sun sets behind Penobscot Mountain and Jordan Pond during an afternoon hike on the Pemetic South Ridge Trail on Pemetic Mountain in Acadia National Park on October 9, 2021. Credit: Lindsay Putnam / NDB

Jordan Cliffs Trail, Mount Penobscot

Jordan Cliffs Trail in Acadia National Park.
In this August 6, 2017 file photo, Aislinn Sarnacki hikes a steep section of the Jordan Cliffs Trail on Mount Penobscot in Acadia National Park. Below is Jordan Pond. Credit: Courtesy of Derek Runnells

otter cliffs

Otter Cliffs Trail in Acadia National Park.
The Otter Cliffs are seen from Ocean Path in Acadia National Park on June 1, 2021. Credit: Lindsay Putnam/BDN

Great Notch Trail, Bernard Mountain

Great Notch Trail in Acadia National Park.
In this file photo from October 5, 2019, the section of the trail between Knight Nubble and Great Notch on Bernard Mountain is particularly steep and difficult to navigate. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki / BDN

Compass Harbor Trail

Compass Harbor Trail in Acadia National Park.
The snow-capped mountains of the Schoodic Peninsula are seen across the water from a beach off Compass Harbor Trail January 7, 2019, in Acadia National Park. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki / BDN

Champlain North Ridge Trail

North Ridge Trail in Acadia National Park.
Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog, Oreo, pause to admire the view while hiking the North Ridge Trail on Mount Champlain Feb. 17, 2019, in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Credit: Courtesy of Derek Runnells

The Precipice Trail, Mount Champlain

The Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park.
Derek Runnels views Acadia National Park and the Porcupine Islands in October 2010 while hiking the Precipice Trail, a steep climb of about 1,000 feet on the east face of Champlain Mountain. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki / BDN

Canada Cliff Trail, Beech Mountain

The Canadian Cliff Trail.
Bucksport’s Kim Swan pauses to take a photo of the cliffs while hiking the Canada Cliffs Trail on Mount Gorham April 2, 2022, in Acadia National Park. Credit: Courtesy of Aislinn Sarnacki

Gorham Mountain Trail

The Gorham Mountain Trail in Acadia National Park.
Aislinn Sarnacki hikes along the ridge of Gorham Mountain with her dog Oreo May 19, 2013 in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. In the distance is Sand Beach and a mountain called The Beehive. Credit: Courtesy of Derek Runnells

Way of Jesup

The Way of Jesus.
In this Oct. 9, 2021, file photo, maple trees display vibrant foliage along Jesup Road in Acadia National Park. Credit: Courtesy of Aislinn Sarnacki

Beachcroft Trail, Huguenot Head

The Beachcroft Trail in Acadia National Park.
Aislinn Sarnacki walks along the Beachcroft Trail Oct. 6, 2020 in Acadia National Park. Credit: Courtesy of Derek Runnells

Homans Trail, Dorr Mountain

Homans path.
In this Oct. 9, 2021, file photo, a staircase leads to a whimsical granite gate on Homans Path on Dorr Mountain in Acadia National Park. Credit: Courtesy of Aislinn Sarnacki

Emery Trail, Dorr Mountain

The Emery Trail in Acadia National Park.
Derek Runnells and his dog, Juno, navigate the Emery Road along the steep slope of Dorr Mountain Oct. 9, 2021, in Acadia National Park. Credit: Courtesy of Aislinn Sarnacki

Cadillac South Ridge Trail

The Cadillac South Ridge Trail.
Tourists explore the southwest side of Cadillac Mountain on a sunny summer day in July 2016. Credit: Micky Bedell/BDN

Lindsay Putnam is the Sports and Reporting Editor at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter for the New York Post. She hails from York Beach and Colby College… More by Lindsay Putnam