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Take a Leisurely Walk out to This Maine Island

If you’re planning a visit to Acadia National Park, you’ve likely heard about some great spots to visit: Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and many more. But did you know there’s an easy Maine adventure just a short walk from downtown Bar Harbor?

As the tide goes out in Frenchman Bay, the view at the end of Bridge Street in Bar Harbor reveals what might be Maine’s most famous sand bar. From here you can take a short walk out to Bar Island – and you’ll get a really great perspective of the harbor and the village along the way.

The sand bar itself gives you a chance for an up-close look at the life and landscape underneath Maine’s harbor waters. The island itself has a dirt trail that runs past small fields and woods. It’s a great chance to see the village of Bar Harbor against a backdrop of the mountains of Mount Desert Island. 

Be sure to check the tides before you make the crossing! It’s usually safe to cross the bar about an hour and a half before and after low tide, but high tide will leave you stranded on the island.

Enjoy your island exploration!

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