Great Head Trail, Acadia National Park

Distance: ~1.4 mi (2.3 km) round trip
Highest elevation: ~150 ft (46 m)
Elevation gain: ~150 ft (46 m)
Date: November 24, 2010

Sand Beach, the Beehive, and Champlain Mountain from from the Great Head

The Great Head Trail in Acadia National Park is a loop trail around the small peninsula just east of Sand Beach on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island.  This is a fairly easy trail with a short steep section after crossing the beach.

The Beehive from Sand Beach

The trail begins from the Sand Beach parking area, crosses Sand Beach, and then climbs up the sides of the Great Head peninsula.  Once on top of the peninsula the loop portion of the trail is fairly flat and takes you out to some rocky cliffs with views of the ocean, Sand Beach, and the Beehive.

Newport Cove and the Beehive

During the summer Sand Beach is one of the most popular areas of the park and can be very crowded, and parking may be limited, so consider taking the free Island Explorer bus around the park.

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