Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail

#3 of 108 trails in Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, ME that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.7 miles 2178 feet Out & Back
dog friendly hiking forest views wild flowers wildlife muddy rocky
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Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The true summit is to the left where the South Ridge Trail opens onto the gravel access road. Look for 2 survey benchmarks established by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1856 and the 1954. The South Ridge Trail is a gradual climb, but it has the advantage of not coming close to the Cadillac Summit Road until the end. The trail briefly descends to a small pond called The Featherbed, where there is a wooden bench for taking a break and enjoying the pond.

Toni Cavanaugh
2 days ago

18 Completed15 Reviews

Joanna Bradley
5 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

A great, longer hike of the trail.

Bobbi H.
3 months ago


Brian Steger
9 months ago

7 Completed4 Reviews

Amazing views. Drove to the top and hiked all around to see out to the harbor
and surrounding islands. If you go to Bar Harbor you have go here. Wish I could have long boarded down the access road. That would have been amazing.

Paul Wing
9 months ago

53 Completed2 Reviews

Erika Fellinger
10 months ago

5 Completed1 Reviews

Nice sloped hiking. Did it with my 9, 7, and 4 yo and they only complained the last half mile. :)
Longer distance is trade off for easier slope and you can walk straight from Blackwoods.

Ed Maierhofer
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was 5/5 stars

Keith Berg
11 months ago

41 Completed23 Reviews

I hiked this in the morning to watch the sun rise on my vacation to Acadia. 99% of people drive to the top to watch the sun rise but anyone willing to get up and put the work in to hike while it is still dark this is a very rewarding trek. Mountian marker is not a summit stick like on other hills so you need to search a little bit to find the peak marker to the south of the parking lot. Short hike from the top gets you to Dorr Mountain peak as well.

Valerie Lacroix
11 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful hike with 360 degrees views all the way to the top! By far best hike I've ever been on!

Matthew Palmer
11 months ago

15 Completed13 Reviews

This was maybe the best hike I ever did and I've been hiking for 14 years. We went on a hot day in August but the view was absolutely incredible and the store at the top is nice since it's air conditioned. You can drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain but I highlt recommend hiking.

Mike Miller
1 year ago

57 Completed12 Reviews

Lynn Wright
1 year ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

A really nice way to see the top of Cadilac Mtn without seeing the crowds. The trail was having some maintenance work done on the lower section last summer so there were a few spots it was muddy but the views once you come out of the woods are spectacular!

Ryan Kulina
2 years ago

39 Completed28 Reviews

clay tracy
2 years ago

104 Completed8 Reviews

I went in the fall and the views were incredible. I went back the next morning after the hike and drove to the top to watch the sunrise. Absolutely awesome! I was actually surprised at the amount of people up there at 5 a.m.. Anyway, you will enjoy the hike or the drive to the top for the sunrise.

Saptrik B
3 years ago

55 Completed22 Reviews

We hit this with lost of rain this week and although the views were not there do to all the fog we did see lots of waterfalls and some slick boulders to cross over !

Jerry T
3 years ago

151 Completed142 Reviews

Nice hike along brook. It can be muddy along with roots but nice easy hike

Robert Corsello
3 years ago

19 Completed3 Reviews

Scott Morgan
3 years ago

11 Completed2 Reviews

great hike, shared it with my brother right before it opened for the season amazing views, quite a hike from bottom to top but well worth it.

Lisa Y.
4 years ago

Great trail. Hiked with 12 and 8 yr olds, not a problem. Weather at top did get foggy and slippery.

Nathanael Morin
4 years ago

12 Completed12 Reviews

Great Hike with Youthgroup