Ells Pier, also known as Bar Harbor Town Pier, is a great spot on Mount Desert to take in views of the Mount Desert Narrows. There is a bustling marina full of local fishing boats right off the pier. In the summer, there are tour boats, recreational boats, and even some yachts scattered throughout Bar Harbor Marina. The four-masted schooner Margaret Todd is often docked just to the east of Ells Pier. Although the Cadillac Mountain Overlook is often touted as the best spot to capture sunrises on Mount Desert Island, Ells is another great spot and it is far more lowkey.
The Sieur de Monts Spring Entrance to Acadia National Park is located just 10 minutes from the pier. If you make it to Acadia, be sure to check out the 17 Best Spots To Explore In Acadia National Park. Additionally, view the GoXplr Maine Map to find more spots all around the state: goxplr.com/map/maine.