Land Bridge to Bar Island, Bar Harbor

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
Take a walk across Land Bridge to Bar Island, exposed only during low tide. The uninhabited tidal island, part of a national park, becomes accessible to walkers and bikers for about three hours each day when the gravel harbor seafloor is exposed. The "bar" connects the island to the town on the mainland during this short period. Once on the island, you can explore a network of trails and several scenic overlooks providing views of the town across the water. To avoid being unable to cross back to the mainland once the water rises, be sure to time your hike with low tide. Check online for a chart providing exact low tide times for this area. Before you head to Bar Harbor, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bar Harbor journey maker tool, to make sure you see all that Bar Harbor has to offer, including Land Bridge to Bar Island.
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  • Seriously a favorite thing! We have been here 3 years now, and it’s been different each time. We love looking for the baby crabs under rocks that are still pooled in water. This trip we found sand...  more »
  • The land bridge to Bar Island is a fun walk to explore on your first trip to Bar Harbor. If you come at the beginning of low tide you can also explore the tide pools. We saw crabs, sea snails, and...  more »
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  • I loved this place. It was a unique way of passing through a nature made bridge. Don't miss this experience especially when high tide happens. Just be careful not to get trapped in the island or you will have to wait for 9 hours to be able to get back to Bar Harbour again.
  • Nice walk out to the island at low tide.
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