We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (155)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good19%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“sand beach”(91 reviews)
“great hike”(21 reviews)
“parking lot”(21 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
+1 207-288-3338
Improve This Listing
Reviews (193)
Filter reviews
187 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews sand beach great hike parking lot bulletin board blue paint schooner head clockwise direction rock climbing granite steps uneven terrain favorite hike tea house spectacular views large boulders moderate hike bring water great pictures
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 187 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome hike. Bring you walking shoes! The views are gorgeous so don't forget a camera! Don't forget bug spray!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kayla N
Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

This trail was an easy to moderate hike — just about anyone can do this though there is a small bit of climbing up and over some rocks. The paths were well marked and the views were BEAUTIFUL. We headed out at sunrise and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lolohoyt
Reviewed October 26, 2018

If you have the opportunity, take it. Breathtaking ocean views, winding trails over lots of beautiful rocks, and plenty of birds!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank shelleyshantay
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

The Great Head trail ended up being a favorite of the day. This 2 mile loop takes you to 100 ft cliffs overlooking Sand Beach. We had to traverse rocks, and did a lot of exploring. I was not expecting the scenery, so I was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GregoriousTraveler
Reviewed October 3, 2018

I thought that I will not be impressed, but this is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever seen kindly look at there website for more details and passes

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Global738319
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We did this hike last week with our 3 school aged kids. It was by far our favorite hike in Acadia. Beautiful views. There is a fair amount of scrambling over rocks which was fun for all - but, be sure you have good shoes!...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Scott M
Reviewed September 27, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike! Fantastic views. Well maintained portion until you reach the section which brings you onto the beach. At this point, our our local friend returned to the parking lot and drove to the beach area lot to pick us up. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JC-Meg
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Take the time to do this. Entrance is on the beach, walk to other side of beach when leaving staircase from parking lot/restrooms and you will see a staircase for the entrance to the trail.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank smithez
Reviewed August 17, 2018

We parked at Sand Beach parking lot (at 9:30 am it was already crowded, we were lucky to find a parking spot). Walked down the steps and then walked to the far end of the beach, where the trailhead is located. We were a bit...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank tinawilson22
Reviewed August 15, 2018

We took the free shuttle to the Sand Beach parking lot to do this hike. I highly recommend the shuttle because when we finished the hike back at the parking lot, cars were everywhere in the lot and up the road for at least 1...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Floran B
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 51 nearby hotels
Cromwell Harbor Motel
255 reviews
6.19 km away
Bar Harbor Grand Hotel
1,592 reviews
6.69 km away
Moseley Cottage Inn and Town Motel
1,124 reviews
6.80 km away
Bar Harbor Villager Motel
702 reviews
6.82 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 214 nearby restaurants
Jordan Pond House
2,634 reviews
6.01 km away
The Coffee Shop & Pizzeria
22 reviews
5.92 km away
Lighthouse Inn & Restaurant
148 reviews
5.91 km away
Everyday Joe's
119 reviews
6.55 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 233 nearby attractions
Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail
505 reviews
.86 km away
Gorham Mountain Trail
275 reviews
1.13 km away
Ocean Trail
867 reviews
1.40 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Great Head Trail staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines