Hiking in Acadia National Park
Hike and learn about the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi, exploring century-old hiking trails, the east coast’s only fjord, Mt. Desert Island and savoring a lobster feast!
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The Road Scholar Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park Program was terrific. I would recommend it to anyone seeking great hiking, scenery, good food, great staff and pleasant accommodations.


Fabulous hiking, wonderfully organized and in a beautiful place. Bill, our guide and a treasure, had the perfect personality to lead us on excellently chosen hikes. He gave us an extra hand when needed and encouragement to continue on when we thought we were tired. Glenn, a gifted storyteller, taught us about Mr. Dorr, the man responsible for encouraging the donation of the land for Acadia National Park. He also gave an excellent presentation and explanation of lobster trapping. The Quality Inn, recently updated and modernized, was ideally located within walking distance of the quaint Bar Harbor downtown. The food was excellent at a variety of local restaurants. Lunches on the trail were at awe inspiring vistas of this beautiful area. Would actually consider doing this one again!


The program was well organized, alternating challenging and relaxing activities. Glenn provided us with useful information before the trip, then gave wonderful small lectures while there. Bill, our guide is a delightful person, understood the capability and the limits of every person and did a wonderful job to keep the group together.


Great program. If you have never been hiking in Maine this is the trip to take.


This was a great trip and a wonderful way to experience Acadia and Bar Harbor! The hikes were varied and all involved beautiful scenery; there are some challenges with hiking over rocky terrain but everyone managed it well and those hikes were definitely worth it. Glenn, Bill and Lauren are all so passionate about the area and the history of Maine and the park; so glad they shared their passion and knowledge with us!


If you've ever wanted to explore Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Maine and Mount Desert Island, this is the program for you. You will have a terrific, outdoor outdoor experience while being immersed in the beauty, culture and history of the Island. Highly recommended!


Fun! Fun! Fun! We were in good hands with Glen and Linda and their team. Great weather, turning leaves and tasty lobsters. Who could ask for more? Thanks for making the trip with our private group of women a special week. We've been hiking together for 17 years and you made it a wonderful anniversary trip. The Quality Inn was comfortable, the location made it easy to walk to town and the laundry facility was a wonderful amenity. All the meals were delicious with hearty breakfasts and cookies in our lunch sacks, but the best was dinner with no waiting for tables, just delicious options . We learned the history and flora and fauna of a beautiful National Park. Thanks again.

Mary Ellen

What a delightful experience. Diverse hikes and activities, and superb guides in a spectacular location.


This was a fantastic trip. Bar Harbor and Acadia NP are amazing and the hiking and biking was so much fun. Our guide Bill was always helpful and the program participants were super nice too. I definitely recommend this program.


A challenging hiking trip with beautiful scenery in Bar Harbor, Maine


Some of the most beautiful hiking I've aver participated in. Some things to know beforehand: you'll be hiking on very uneven terrain-roots & rocks almost everywhere. Hikes include clamboring over or stepping down from good-sized rocks in many places. But it the scenery is worth it and the hotel has a hot tub and heated pool! The leaders are extremely accommodating, pleasant, and funny. Even though there is lots to see in this world, I am thinking seriously about going back to this one.


The hikes were challenging but wonderful, the scenery was beautiful, the park history was informative and the local staff was first rate. You have to be willing to do some rock scrambling but our hiking leader, Bill, made sure everyone met the challenge. If you love hiking, you'll love this trip. Larry Margasak, Silver Spring, MD


Awesome experience. Awesome hiking guide!


I highly recommend this program. The leaders were excellent, and the scenery was beautiful, (when we didn't have fog obscuring our view!) Our hotel was close to downtown Bar Harbor which was beautiful too. After dinner options included shopping in stores or sitting in a lovely park or walking the shoreline trail. Since the hotel was within walking distance, we were free to do what we wanted after dinner. Don't do this hike unless you are sure you are physically fit. There was a lot of uphill hiking over and onto rocks. Read the definition of a "Moderately Challenging" hike and feel confident you can do it.


This hike was extremely enjoyable. The guides, Bill and Cam, were excellent. Glen Tucker the owner of the sponsoring agency talked to us everyday. I highly recommend it


I would describe these hikes as challenging, rather than moderately challenging. The final hike is a 1500 foot climb scrambling over boulders. If you are short, as I am, scaling the rocks was difficult. We have done more than 15 hiking trips in both the US and Europe and this hike was among our most challenging. The accommodations are basic but very clean and comfortable. The breakfasts at the hotel were excellent and included fresh blueberries, ham, eggs, home made oatmeal, as well as cereals and breads. The hotel is walking distance to downtown Bar Harbor so very well located. The guide Bill, was excellent and humorous. Glen, the owner, provided great historical information on the area.


The Bar Harbor Hiking & Biking program is a 10. The instructor, tour guide and support people go above and beyond to provide a unique, challenging and educational program. Put on your hiking boots and hit the trail with them.


This was a wonderful and exhilarating trip. great staff and good food! Hotel was wonderful and the hiking was fabulous. I would recommend!


This trip was a disappointment. The two main leaders were very enthusiastic, people oriented, sociable and quick to inter-act with group participants. However, there was the underlying feeling that we were on a "time limit". Who climbs up Cadillac Mountain and rides the bus down ! On the bike ride, every quarter mile we stopped and had to wait for the out of shape participants to catch up. While the environs were architecturally interesting the ride was way too short. We ended the ride at a local harbor loaded up our bikes and driven back to the hotel. We were given our sack lunch and ate it at our hotel rooms, WHY couldn't we have stayed at a picturesque spot and eat our lunch and not staring at the cars in hotel parking lot ? Perhaps it was because the "time limit" had been reached and the leader's work was done for the day (12:noon). I am grateful the leaders had the foresight to plan and accommodate two groups of attendees (fast and slow). Yes the leaders are one of the most widely used companies with Road Scholar (as they informed us) but there was a price. Bar Harbor is very touristy but pretty and interesting. You are able to sit at an outdoor cafe and enjoy the grandure and beauty of the ocean and a beverage of choice. Priceless !


Just back from an amazing hiking trip to Acadia Nat'l Park. The Hosts/Guides were so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and welcoming. This was my first trip with R.S. but this will not be my last! :)


Whether or not you have ever visited Bar Harbor, you should try this program. You ought to be able to walk 3 or 4 miles uphill to participate fully, but if you can do that, you are definitely missing something by not signing up.


This was an exceptionally fine program. Expect to spend your days really hiking but enjoying the outdoors and your companions so much the workout will seem a lot of fun. Also a great way to learn about Maine for those who have not been there before.


Fabulous hiking adventure at a wonderful National Park. Loved being at a hotel within walking distance to downtown Bar Harbor


This program is outstanding. The leadership is excellent. By all means...GO!


This program gave me a new lease on life--sharing vigorous activity with people of my age sharing the pleasures and challenges of growing older.


If you have always wanted to hike in Acadia National Park and enjoy the Maine coast, this is the trip for you. Excellent leadership skilled in making sure you enjoy your experience.

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