Visitors to Acadia National Park have a broad variety of opportunities to discover the rugged coast of Maine, without all of Mount Desert Island's congestion, on the Schoodic Peninsula. There's something for everyone on Schoodic, whether they are exploring the peninsula by car, by bicycle, or on foot. The six-mile Schoodic Loop Road is mostly one-way and provides great views of forested islands, seabirds, and lighthouses.
Vehicle turnouts are present throughout the road, providing a chance for visitors to stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Stopping anywhere else along the Schoodic Loop Road besides the designated pull-offs is not allowed. RVs are only allowed on the section of the road that accesses Schoodic Woods Campground.
Schoodic Point can be reached by Arey Cove Road. The windswept, rocky point offers amazing views of Mount Desert Island. Island Explorer buses provide free transportation around the peninsula during the summer. Visitors can wave down the bus as it passes and buses are equipped with bicycle racks.
In addition to the Schoodic Loop Road, 8.3 miles of paths are exist on the Schoodic Peninsula for bicycling. Winding, steep bicycle paths offer incredible views. Bicyclists are encouraged to use the bike paths and free Island Explorer buses. They are also required to obey the one-way traffic flow.
There are also numerous opportunities for hiking throughout the Schoodic Peninsula. The easy Alder Trail is only just slightly more than half a mile in length. The trail runs from the parking area of Blueberry Hill to the beginning of Schoodic Head Trail, passing through some great birding habitat. The Anvil Trail is more difficult, about one mile trail that features steep and rocky section as it makes its way up the southeastern side of Schoodic Head.
The moderate Buck Cove Trail starts in Schoodic Woods near the group sites and passes through highbush blueberries and forest to Buck Cove Mountain, continuing up the north face of Schoodic Head. Even though the East Trail is only half a mile long, it requires some scrambling at steep sections as it ascends the east side of Schoodic Head. The Lower Harbor Trail is an easy, one and a half mile trail that follows the coastline as it winds its way through pine forests, providing a chance to view sea birds. Both the Schoodic Head Trail and Sundew Trail are less than a mile in length. Schoodic Head Trail is a rocky trail that starts at the end of Alder Trail and summits Schoodic Head. Sundew Trail is nature trail that wanders through dense forests along the coastline and is located on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus. Photo: Zack Frank/Fotolia
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