2 - 3 Hours
One Per Person
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Acadia Ocean Path Trailhead Tour
Experience Acadia National Park’s scenic Ocean Path with this self-guided walking tour. Look out for the variety of marine wildlife. See the breathtaking foliage and uncover the booming Thunder Hole. Hear stories of shipwrecks and devastating fires. Finally, take in the views from scenic Otter Point Outlook.
About the Tour
Your walking tour of the Acadia Ocean Path begins at the Ocean Path Trailhead and takes you past Sand Beach, one of the premier swimming spots in Acadia. As you walk, you’ll hear about the rich marine wildlife, such as the harbor porpoises and harbor seals. You might just see some of them in action! Up next, you’ll get the story of the Sand Beach shipwreck. Hear how a small schooner’s crew clung to life in the midst of a violent storm, with their own vessel destroyed.
Then you’ll uncover the mystery of the area’s diverse warblers. Meet Robert H. Macarthur, who observed how these very different species behaved and managed to coexist! You’ll also hear about the variety of trees around you, what makes them thrive, as well as the severe challenges they face, like the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, a little insect with a little too much bite! Continuing your trip, you’ll hear about the peregrine falcons, who can dive at over 200 miles an hour! You’ll also revisit the efforts to reintroduce this once endangered species through a process ironically known as “hacking.”
Next on the trip is Thunder Hole. Experience the thunderous rumble that gave it its name. Here you’ll also find out what produces the rumble itself. You’ll also get the story of how the Wabanaki saw the formation as whale-like and revisit the mythical tale of Wabanaki hero, Glooscap.
Strolling along the rocky, uneven shoreline, you’ll learn about the tide pools and how they serve as havens for a variety of sea critters, such as sea stars and blue mussels. Next, you’ll see Monument Cove, named for the pillar of granite separated from the cliff. You’ll unearth how water and wind broke it away. Returning to wildlife, hear about the alewife and how they spend time in both saltwater and freshwater. They’re known to spawn four times within their lifetimes!
As you proceed, meet Waldron Bates. You’ll step back and visit his passion for hiking trails. Bates alone created 25 miles of trails! You’ll also learn about the “Bates cairn,” designed to assure hikers they were literally on the right path. Then continue to Boulder Beach and find out why this beach is made up entirely of boulders instead of the usual sand. Next, you’ll go back to 1947 and the fires that left many people homeless and devastated significant amounts of forest, including 10,000 acres alone in Acadia! You’ll soon come to Otter Cliff. While not named after the sea otters, it has significant history, including being the site of a Navy station in World War I.
As you keep walking, hear about the loons, find out why they’re endangered, and unearth the efforts to conserve this unique species. Meet the famed painters who put Mount Desert Island on the map, such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Become spellbound as you hear how they venerated landscapes such as this.
The journey ends at the majestic Otter Point Overlook.
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Where to start?
How does it work?
- Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
- Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
- To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
- The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
- Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
What You'll See
Sand Beach Overlook
The Sand Beach Shipwreck
The Warbler Mystery
Foliage of the Ocean Path
Saving the Falcons
Glooscap and the Whale
Tide Pool in Acadia
Alewives in Acadia
Gorham Mountain Trail
The Atlantic Flyway
The Year Maine Burned
Glooscap and Malsm
Nesting Loons at Acadia
Scenes from Acadia
Otter Point Overlook
Conclusion: Heading Back
Preview The Tour
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on your next trip within 1 year of your purchase.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
- Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.
- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.