Bar Island - Bar Harbor, Maine
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Bar Island - Bar Harbor, Maine

by Jennifer
(New Jersey)

View Toward Bar Island, Maine

View Toward Bar Island, Maine

I have something to contribute to your "Recommended Tourist Attractions in Maine".

Last summer I made my first trip DownEast and visited Bar Harbor, Maine - what an awesome place! Although I had read that the weather in Bar Harbor is typically very comfortable during the summer, I managed to hit it during record breaking temperatures. So, in my quest to find things to do that would not deplete all of my energies, the motel manager suggested this awesome respite.

There is a small island offshore, called Bar Island. During low tide you can walk to it, or drive, if you have an all terrain vehicle. I choose to walk with the dozens of other people who were looking for a way to cool down.

At the end of the gravel and sand path (wear appropriate shoes!) were wonderful views (and picture taking opportunities) back toward the town of Bar Harbor, with Mount Desert Island as a backdrop.

Bar Island, part of Acadia National Park, also offers hiking along the "Bar Island Trail". I was a bit too hot to hike, maybe another time. However, I am told that the hike is very enjoyable and a wonderful way to escape the sometimes crowded town of Bar Harbor.

But beware, from what I hear, you only have one hour before and one hour after the low tide to make the trip to and from Bar Island. Keep your eyes on the time!

To reach the island, head to the north side of West Street (a short distance from the Bar Harbor Pier and docks) and look for Bridge Street. Walk to the end, and if a low tide is approaching, or present, you won't miss the flats.

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Ruins on Bar Island ME
by: Elizabeth

I'm staying in Bar Harbor for a week's vacation. One of the books here in the Rental home is "Lost Bar Harbor" by G.W. Helfrich and Gladys O'Neil. From page 77: "The Bungalow". This cottage, by Paul Hunt, stood on Bar Island from 1907 until 1943, when it was detroyed by fire. It was built for Mrs. Hunt Slater of Washington, D.C. and later occupied by her nephew Hunt Diederick."

I spent the morning exploring Bar Island and came across these ruins. The picture of The Bungalow in Lost Bar Harbor is of a stucco-covered stone building. The fireplace ruins that still stand on the island correspond with where one of the fireplaces was in the picture. There are also the remains of the central stone fireplace and doorway/windows that correspond to what the picture shows.

Liz's Reply...

Great piece of info, Elizabeth - Thanks!!

Best regards,

Who lived in House on Bar Island in Maine?
by: Anonymous

What was the name of the person that owned the house on Bar Island?

Liz's Reply...

Thanks for your question, but unfortunately I don't have the answer. Maybe someone else reading this post will be able to help us out!

Best regards,

Thanks for the info on Bar Island.
by: Anonymous

We plan on doing this, when we get to Bar Harbor this week.


Liz's Reply:
by: Liz

Thanks for sharing Bar Island with us, Jennifer. I also heard about the island from a local. However, when I have been in Bar Harbor - my schedule and the tides schedule have not been in sync to assure that I would be back on dry land in time. So, although I have seen the path I have yet to cross it.

Other pages of interest may be...
Acadia National Park Maine
Cadillac Mountain Maine

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