The Town Pier in Bar Harbor is often the very first place that anyone visiting Bar Harbor goes to when they first arrive. If you've been here, you know why. The views are almost always stunning. The pier juts out just enough to give more than a 180 degree panoramic view of the harbor with its many boats, lobster traps, and islands. There is always something worth taking photos of and always something that we would like to share with loved ones and friends. This is the true testament of the value of anything. Is it something we would like to share with family and friends. The answer is yes!
Directly to the north is Bar Island and part of Acadia National Park. At low tide, a natural land bridge reveals itself that connects Bar Harbor off Bridge Street to the island. There is a window of time, a maximum of 1.5 hours on either side of low tide, where one may walk to Bar Island and back.
To the northeast is Sheep Porcupine Island. To the east is Bald Porcupine Island, both part of Acadia National Park. Further to the east is the Egg Rock Island Lighthouse. Beyond this you can see Schoodic Peninsula, the only part of Acadia National Park that is on the mainland. This part of the ocean is called Frenchman Bay and sunrises here are really with getting up early for.
In the photo above, you can see the town pier's position relative to other town features. To the left is the start of the famous Shore Path. Just above the pier is Agamont Park. The road that goes off to the right along the shore is West Street. The road going up away from West Street is Main Street.
The town pier is often a good place to park. There are benches all around so you can sit and relax as you take in the view. There is a public restroom in the building to the direct right of the pier. The entrance faces the pier.
Much of the harbor or ocean related activities take place in this area including cruise ship activity, nature cruises, and lobster men doing their usual business. This is a working fishing port for many.
Photos: Town Pier at Twilight | Sunrise | Lobster Boat
The Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus Service makes regular (in season) stops at the Bar Harbor Village Green. From there, you have access to a variety of places on Mount Desert Island, in Acadia National Park, and on the mainland.
Bar Harbor Town Pier GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.392087; Longitude -68.204052
Enjoy the Bar Harbor Town Pier