There’s places to hike besides Acadia National Park? You bet and we covered them in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Today our final post about hikes you can do near Acadia National Park without being in it.

The Kinglet Trail at the Alycon Center
Location: Seal Cove
The Alycon Center is a spiritual life center on MDI located in Seal Cove. They are offer much programming, training, and retreats including contemplative spiritual direction training and we think nothing could be more suited for contemplation than walking a fine trail. You can also walk the trail without being part of the program which mixes woods with bay views. Sometimes they even have a labyrinth set up if you want to do that very special kind of walking. Note: they do have cabins they use as part of their retreats but the general public can rent them as well.

Friend’s Trail
Location: Mount Desert
This short trail–just 0.4 miles–that starts near Bracy Cove (in Mount Desert) and splits near the ledge where you can go right or left. Either way you choose offers beautiful scenery, wildlife, and serenity. While this a certainly a trail one could enjoy alone, we naturally recommend it in the company of a friend as the name implies. This trail is maintained by Land & Garden Preserve in Seal Harbor.

Downeast Sunrise Trail
Location: Ellsworth to Calais
Did you realize that you could almost walk from MDI to Canada? That is a bit of a stretch but this trail comes close, starting in Ellsworth and ending in Pembroke (which is near Canada). This trail is 87 miles long and follows the old railroad, and open all-year round! As a hiker, you share the trail with ATVs, bikers, and snowmobiles, but there is a plenty of room for everyone. This trail, going with Cherryfield and Machias, will take you through the heart of Downeast Maine. And, as the name implies, it is a great place to see the sunrise.

Old Pond Railway Trail
Location: Hancock
In Hancock, the Old Pond Railway Trail can be accessed from the Hancock Town Hall or Route 1. The trail is well-mark and 3.25 miles long. It is known as good area for birding. Remnants from old railway tracks fade into the path and the nature reclaiming the man-made railroad gives a certain mystique and romance to this trail. While the trail can be relatively long if you make a round-trip journey (six-and-a-half miles), it is pretty flat! A big thank you to Eagle Scouts for building this trail in 2009!

David and Neva Trail
Location: Mount Desert
This trail is named for David Rockefeller and his daughter Neva. David made this trail 75 years ago and Neva later revived it. It connects the south end of Little Long Pond to the Jordan Stream Path (which is a nice little half-of-a-mile hike we encourage you to add to this trail if you have the time). By itself this trail is one mile and even though it is relatively short, it allows you to enjoy diverse terrain from wetlands, to meadow, to water and woodlands.

So go out and hike these trails if you haven’t already! Which one is your favorite? Or are there hikes we have missed between last post and this post? Comment below!

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