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Schoodic Point picture in Acadia National Park
Kristi Rugg / National Park Service

Key Info

  • 9 Atterbury Circle
    Winter Harbor, ME 04693

Price & Hours

  • Free
  • 24/7 daily

Details

  • Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2
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  • Value
    5.0
  • Facilities
    3.0
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

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As the only portion of Acadia National Park that's actually located on the mainland, Schoodic Point isn't as easily accessible as some of the park's other major attractions. But that's precisely why recent travelers found this area so special. Much like Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Point is composed of a craggy shoreline, granite headlands and spruce-fir forests. But unlike the island, its removed location lends a feeling of secluded intimacy.

Located about an hour's drive northeast from Bar Harbor, Schoodic Point is perhaps best known for the crashing surf that explodes against its rocks. When you're not admiring the waves, look to the west for incredible views of Cadillac Mountain. Most visitors parked themselves in a beach chair to take in the nature show, but there are plenty of other things to do here as well. There are four hiking trails; the Schoodic Head Trail, Anvil Trail and East Trail lead hikers through spruce-fir forests to pine woodlands at the top of Schoodic Head. The less-strenuous Alder Trail guides visitors through a shrubland. And if your legs need a break from all the climbing, take a seat at the Frazer Point picnic area. It offers tables, fire rings, water fountains, restrooms and a dock.

Recent travelers highly recommended making time in your itinerary for a stop at Schoodic Point, citing the unruly waves, the rock climbing and the gorgeous views as major reasons for a visit. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can get here via ferry, which travels between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor in the summer. The Island Explorer shuttle offers rides from the ferry terminal to the Schoodic section of the park, and also offers service to Prospect Harbor and Winter Harbor.

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#1 Cadillac Mountain Standing about 1,530 feet in height, Cadillac Mountain wins a lot of superlatives. Not only is it the tallest mountain in the park, but it's the tallest mountain ... Read more » Kristi rugg / National Park Service

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#3 Jordan Pond Both the Jordan Pond Nature Trail (an easy stroll through the evergreens) and the Jordan Pond Shore Trail (a more difficult trek along the rocky coast) spill out to the ... Read more » GDacey / Getty Images

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#6 Carriage Roads The Carriage Roads are a 57-mile long network of paved paths created and funded by John D. Rockefeller Jr. from 1913 to 1940. Over the course of the 27-year project ... Read more » S. Greg Panosian / Getty Images

#7 Otter Cliff Another classic stop along the Park Loop Road, Otter Cliff is a giant 110-foot-high granite precipice with one of the most breathtaking ocean views on the East Coast. Be careful ... Read more » Robbie Shade / Flickr

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#9 Precipice Trail 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 ... Read more » Dawn McClennen / Getty Images

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Cadillac Mountain is just one of more than 20 mountains on Mount Desert Island, Maine.  Kristi rugg / National Park Service

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