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Hiking trails with kids, 3mi max

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Hiking trails with kids, 3mi max

We are visiting Acadia with a 4 & 5-year-old. We hike up to 3 mi with them at home. We visited Acadia last year & the hikes/walks we did with kids were the Beech Mountain Loop, the trail around Jordan Pond, Winderland, and Ship Harbor. This year we plan on walking the Ocean Path and walking to Bar Island at low tide. I'm looking for suggestions for hiking trails with some elevation so we have a view of nice scenery (similar to Beech Mtn Loop because I know that's doable with my kids). TIA

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1. Re: Hiking trails with kids, 3mi max

The hiking trails on Dorr Mountain are nice. They are accessed from Sieur du Monts. There is also a trail in Great Meadow, adjacent to Sieur du Monts, which is great for seeing birds.

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I'm in the trip planning phase, so no insider information from me. But, I have been using the following site in planning hiking options and it has been really helpful. It has suggested hikes, gives detailed trail info and includes many pictures along the trail.

www.citrusmilo.com/acadiaguide/recommend.cfm

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Yeah, that's a great site. I still use it even though I've been coming back to MDI for 25+ years!

Flying Mountain is great for kiddos, not that long of a climb and Valley Cove is a nice stop on the way back. A trail I did for the first time this year was the Champlain North Ridge Trail, it doesn't get much attention but it was a great up and down hike, similar in terrain to Beach, but with great views along the way (higher you go, better it gets!). There's the Bubbles as well (kids love the rock). But in reality, most of the trails within Acadia fit your description (or can be adjusted to the 3 mi limit).

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4. Re: Hiking trails with kids, 3mi max

Great, thanks everyone 👍🏽

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Take a look at this site - it lists trails Easy, Moderate, Hard as well as distance and elevation.

https://www.alltrails.com/us/maine/bar-harbor

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Gorham Mt. to Sand Beach. Take the free bus back to Thunder Hole and then walk on the shore path back to your parking area. Gotham Mt. is a hike that everyone who visits the park should take.

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