Beginner's Guide to the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park
The Beehive Trail is a must do when you’ve visiting Acadia National Park! It’s one of the most photographed trails in Acadia National Park. The difficulty of this hike is really all relative. In my opinion, it’s one of my favorites – it’s quick and easy and has epic views. It’s basically an adult jungle gym, with rungs and ladders, and lots of climbing. I can tell you though that the first time I did this, I definitely had sweaty palms, and wanted to crawl in a few areas. Many people are terrified of this hike, for good reason. You should use caution when hiking this trail. Make sure your shoes have grips so you’re not sliding, and you don’t hurt yourself or others! Make sure to stop and take lots of photos on this trail. Expect it to be crowded, especially on a beautiful summer day. If you want to avoid the crowds, get there as early as possible. Parking is also an issue, as it’s limited in this area and you may have to park up the Park Loop Road and walk to the trailhead. So – the earlier you can get there the better! Have you hiked the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park? Make sure to post on Instagram and tag @lovemaineadventures so we can share!
Parking for the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park
Parking for the Beehive Trail can be tricky. Ideally, you can get there early and snag a spot at the Sand Beach parking lot or right on the Park Loop Road near the trailhead. A park pass is required for entry, and you’ll have to go through the gatehouse in order to get to the trailhead. If you get there later, you’ll have to park further down the Park Loop road, and walk to the trailhead. I mean, you’re hiking, so what’s an extra mile??
Trail Stats for the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park
MILES: Approximately 1.47 RT
ELEVATION GAIN: 470 feet, elevation 520 feet up top
DOGS: You’ll have to carry them. Also, it’s not ideal for other hikers to have a dog running around, especially if they are trying to overcome their fear of heights. So, use your best judgement here.