The Beehive Trail is one of Acadia National Park’s classic Iron Rung Routes. What is an iron Rung Route? It means you’ll practically be hiking vertically!
This was Naomi and my first hike when we arrived at Acadia, and my personal favorite! The Beehive Trail is one of the most popular trails in Acadia National Park offering some serious “bang for your buck” views. This hike doesnt require too much effort and we were rewarded with non stop views, an unforgettable climb, and great views from the summit.
The National Park Service has drilled iron rungs into the side of the cliffs of Beehive Mountain for our climbing pleasure! You WILL be climbing, or taking switchbacks for 0.8 miles up the entire front side of the mountain.
Parking: The best place to park is at the Newport Cove parking lot. Then walk up a ways to the trailhead which will be on the opposite side of the road and clearly marked. There’s a map in the parking lot if you need help finding the trail head.
Time Required: 1.5-3 hours (We did it in about 1.5, including hanging out at the summit for about 30 minutes)
Distance: The Beehive Trail itself is 0.8 miles with about 450 feet of elevation gain. The loop is 1.3 miles. Map
Additional Iron Rung Trails in Acadia: Precipice Trail, Jordan Cliffs Trail, and the Beech Cliffs Loop