Hunters Beach is a hidden gem in Acadia National Park. It is one of the most beautiful places on Mount Desert Island and the majority of people overlook it or do not know it exists. The rocky beach is often extremely quiet and visitors can just listen to the waves crash. Hunters Beach is beautifully framed with the huge, rocky cliffs surrounding both sides of Hunters Beach Cove.
Hunters Beach is located just to the west of Hunters Head in the Southwestern section of the park. There is a small parking area called the Hunters Beach Overlook along Park Loop Road which offers lovely views of the beach from afar. But, if you want to access the beach, you will actually need to leave Acadia National Park.
To access the beach, most visitors will turn off Park Loop Road at Seal Harbor and get on Jordon Pond Road. Then turn left at Champlain Road and drive along Champlain Road for 1.25 miles to Cooksey Road. The trailhead for Hunters Beach Trail is located about 0.25 miles down Cooksey Road. The walk to the beach is 0.6 miles out and back. The trail is well-maintained and easy to walk.
- Type: Ocean (rocky)
- Length: ~250 feet
- Waves: Gentle surf
- Popularity: Medium
- Key features: Lowkey beach with no amenities, just beautiful views!
- Address: Cooksey Drive
- Town: Mount Desert
- State: Maine
- GPS: Lat 44.29940 Lng -68.21836
- Parking notes: The trailhead for the beach is about .25 mile down Cooksey Drive on the left (east) side of the road. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead. Visitors can also see the beach from the Hunters Beach Overlook parking area located right off Park Loop Road.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE