I joined a group of middle school campers on a trip to Hunter’s Beach in Acadia National Park on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Led by COA senior Lucy Atkins and COA junior Annie Cohen, eight children, ages 11-14, were participating in the “Natural History Explorations” February vacation camp.
Exploring the beach and walking the 0.3-mile Hunter’s Beach Trail in the winter, even in the rain, was a great adventure, and I will definitely be returning this summer for a “One-Minute Hike” in the area. The trail to Lower Day Mountain and Hunter’s Cliff (both of which I’ve been to) connect to Hunter’s Beach Trail.
For now, I’ve put together a gallery of some snowless winter photos of the beach and trail.
The trail is an easy, short walk, that follows Hunter’s Brook. It’s maintained, with several bridges, a wooden walkway and steps down to the beach. This is a practical hike for families with small children, as well as a great trip for a picnic. If visiting the beach in the winter, watch out for ice on the trails.