Sunday, May 31, 2015

Compass Harbor Trail, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

If you are visiting Bar Harbor and would like to take a short hike, the Compass Harbor Trail would be a good choice.  It a short drive to the  trail head just outside of town.  The hike is a little less than a mile in and out .  There is a small parking lot at the trail head.  The trail is flat and an easy walk.  It lead down to a point on the coast overlooking Frenchman Bay.  At the location I was able to see a cruise ship anchored out at Bar Harbor.  The sea was dotted with buoys of lobster traps.  Across the channel was a small Island with a light house.  This Island is called Egg Island in honor of all the birds that nest there.  The shore forms a cove that is apparently Compass Harbor.  If you feel like exploring you can find the granite steps that lead to the ruins of the Dorr family estate.  George Dorr was an early supporter of preserving the natural beauty of Mount Desert Island.  Through his efforts he was able to convince President Woodrow Wilson to make parts of the Island a National Monument and eventually a National Park.  The foundation is all that remains at the site which is referred to as the Old Farm.