Precipice Trail

#8 in Best Things To Do in Acadia National Park
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Key Info

Park Loop Road

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Hiking, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8

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The Precipice Trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park, as long as you have the guts to attempt it. The challenging, 2-mile round-trip path has visitors scrambling up the side of Champlain Mountain by iron rungs and ladders fixed to exposed cliffs, all for a scenic summit and unparalleled view of Sand Beach.

Unfortunately, the trail isn't one size fits all. Recent travelers warned that the trail isn't well-suited for visitors who are afraid of heights. If you're on the fence about whether you're up for the challenge, reviewers suggest you first try tackling the Beehive Trail – a strenuous but shorter trail on the park's east side. And to avoid being stuck behind fellow hikers, start your climb early.   

The trail's head and parking area is located north of Sand Beach on Park Loop Road. Keep in mind that there are occasional trail closures from mid-March to mid-August to protect the nesting peregrine falcons. Check with a ranger or on the National Park's website for more details.

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