Schooner Head Road
Acadia National Park
Mount Desert, ME 04609
Great Head Description
This 2-mile hike is ideal for those who prefer shorter and less arduous outings but don't want to miss a close encounter with Acadia's great outdoors. The trail runs in circular fashion: take the first left and go counterclockwise. Allow time to meander on one or two of the little cut-off paths that dump out onto the rocks -- if the tide's low, kids love searching the tide pools. Highlights include Great Head, an elevated knoll with dramatic cliffs and views where bald eagles often soar, and Sand Beach, where the "sand" is actually pulverized shells (and the water is icy!).
Babies: Leave the stroller behind. Though the terrain is nearly flat, the path is not smooth and the footing can be tricky.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Young toddlers will find the footing tricky and the walk too long; preschoolers love the tide pools, rock hopping, and changing scenery.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Older kids might find the hike dull if they're looking for a workout or major elevation.
- Get to the parking lot by 10 a.m. It fills up early.
- Bring your binoculars. The hike affords ample opportunities for spying lobster boats, sea birds, and the like.
- Wear comfortable shoes with toe protection. Bring an extra layer as well in case it's chilly or windy on the Head.
Just the Facts
Hours: Dawn to dusk.
Fees: $10 - $20
Reviews of Great Head
By HenryandAnisMommy November 19, 2007 | Son: Age 7, Daughter: Age 12
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oh my aching back
There are so many beaustiful places in the Bar Harbor area and it is just so easy to start taking the beauty for granted! Espeically when your back is aching from carrying a toddler on your shoulders. But this one is not to be missed. Stunning views and crystal clear air...makes you want to preserve the moment forever. Read More