Bar Island Trails, Bar Harbor

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Bar Island is a tidal island across from Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine, United States. The uninhabited island forested mostly in pine and birch is now part of Acadia National Park. There are walking trails on the island. A sand and gravel bar exposed only a couple of hours at low tide connects Bar Island to Bridge Street in Bar Harbor. At low tide visitors often walk across, or park cars on the exposed bar. However, on the island side in front of a locked gate, only a small area fringed with dense sea rose bushes is elevated enough to provide safe parking. Visitors have been known to return from a hike to find their cars submerging and themselves stranded until the tide recedes.
The town of Bar Harbor has repeatedly attempted to obtain jurisdiction over this island connected to it by the eponymous bar, but a 1903 court decision confirmed that the distant town of Gouldsboro retains jurisdiction under its 1798 articles of incorporation.
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  • It’s a sandbar that surfaces at low tide - provides an easy walk to Bar Island. There are a couple of trails on the island, but nothing too spectacular. It’s just fun thinking that you are walking acr...  more »
  • Bar Harbor got its name from the sand bar that is revealed at low tide. You can walk across the sand bar to Bar Island and hike to the top. You have about a 3 hour window to explore the Bar Island and...  more »
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  • Cool spot, only accessible by walking across the land bridge at low tide. There are trails leading into the island and you can explore, but make sure not to get caught at high tide or you will need to wait at least an hour and pay over $100 for a water taxi.
  • It was the best thing walking across the sand. We saw live starfish in the tidal pools. Great view from highest point on island. If you get caught during high tide there's a number posted to call the coast guard.
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