Monument Cove – Acadia National Park


Monument Cove is one of the most iconic spots along the Ocean Path in Acadia National Park. Its name comes from a natural pillar of granite that stands upright on the beach. It looks just like a monument and stands just a few feet from the coast. The pillar is said to have formed at least 500 years ago and experts say it should stand for several more centuries. Photographers and sightseers stop at the cove to marvel at the granite pillar and the sweeping views of the ocean and rocky cliffs. 

Visitors of Monument Cove often park at the Thunder Hole Parking Lot or the Gorham Mountain Trailhead Parking Lot. It is only a short walk from both parking areas via the Ocean Path Trail.

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Beach Specs

  • Type: Ocean (rocky)
  • Length: ~300 feet
  • Waves: Gentle surf
  • Popularity: Medium
  • Key features: Lowkey beach with no amenities, just beautiful views! Located on Ocean Path and near the Gorham Mountain Trailhead.


  • Address: Park Loop Rd
  • Town: Bar Harbor
  • State: Maine
  • GPS: Lat 44.3178 Lng -68.19082
  • Parking notes: There are about 2 dozen parking spots at the Gorham Mountain Trailhead lot which is only a few hundred feet from Monument Cove.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE


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