"Bar Harbor - Mount Desert Island" Mount Desert Island by johncudw

Mount Desert Island Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 54 photos

Mountains near the Ocean

This is the view looking back at Mount Desert Island from
Frenchman's Bay on Bar Island, the first of the Porcupine Islands
One can walk out to this island on a strip of sand (causeway)
at low tide. Have to watch the tide schedule, one could get
stranded out there if went out there at the wrong time.

Bald Porcupine Island

The rock just sticks up out of the bay.
Power boats are available for rent and they are the
best way to see the sights and get a distant view of
Mount Desert Island from the water

Pink Granite mountains of Acadia National Park

This is Champlain Mtn (1053 ft) and Huguenot Head.

There is a nice hiking trail up here from the west side.

Don't go up the Precipice Trail unless you are physically
prepared for the challenges, and are not afraid of heights
It scales up vertical ladders. The peregrine falcons
nest here so they close that trail at times. West and north
sides of this mountain have more gradual slopes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful national park with ocean and mountains, islands
  • Cons:A long drive to get to from most populated areas in Northeast
  • In a nutshell:My favorite spot to take photos in the Northeast
  • Last visit to Mount Desert Island: Sep 1998
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2008 at 7:30 AM

    Beautiful coastline. I may have to go to Maine soon.

  • TempNomad's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    While I'm not a big fan of motor-boating (being a bleeding heart naturalist), you have lovely shots and some great ideas. Will you be back this summer?

  • elucas's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Hi. Thanks for your comment. I do like your pictures of Mount Desert Island. Liz.

  • Nov 11, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Nice photos & good tips. If you come back to MDI, contact me and I'll get you and Gail out on Frenchman Bay in a tandem kayak for some photo taking.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Looks like a place for me - great views and beautiful sunset!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 1:52 AM

    Fantastic photo's and great tips. thanks ;-)

  • irishgalmtl's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2006 at 3:31 PM

    Hi there John & Gail, This is on my list to do in the near future. Donna;o)

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2006 at 11:41 AM

    I am really thinking we will visit Maine next year. Nice page !

  • michanth's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2006 at 11:30 AM

    Have always wanted to visit Mt. Desert Island. One of these days we are heading up that way. Funny how you live someplace and don't see half of it.

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