8 Things to Do in Southwest Harbor That You Shouldn't Miss

Southwest Harbor is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Located on Mount Desert Island, the population was 1,764 at the 2010 census.

1. Wonderland Trail

Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails More
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Wonderland Trail

Reviewed By 328Bella - Waxahachie, TexasWaxahachie, Texas

A nice relaxing walk

You park and walk to the ocean through a path and it is gorgeous. This is an easy little hike. Pretty level walk.

2. Flying Mountain Hiking Trail

Fernald Point Road, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 115 reviews

Flying Mountain Hiking Trail

Reviewed By Charles A - Topsham, MaineTopsham, Maine

Great payoff

Another relatively easy hike with very rewarding views of Somes Sound after a short climb. Very enjoyable.

3. Beech Cliff Loop

Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
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5 based on 84 reviews

Beech Cliff Loop

Reviewed By Curt B

Great Hike!

From Portland, OR and this hike rivaled the best that the Columbia River Gorge has to offer. Definitely worth it!

4. Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park

191 Main St, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4608 Fun & Games, Nature & Parks, Playgrounds, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Gardens More
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park

Reviewed By Gammie8

Wonderful Garden

This is a beautiful seaside garden, lovingly maintained, full of butterfly loving plants. The paths are full of coneflowers, zinnias, butterfly bushes, and other flowers which attract all species of butterflies. We happened to go on the annual Butterfly R

5. Perpendicular Trail

Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
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5 based on 48 reviews

Perpendicular Trail

Reviewed By khollth - Bowie, MarylandBowie, Maryland

Good workout and great views

I counted. I think there were just over 900 steps built into this trail. Quite the engineering marvel. And I was a lucky recipient of this feat. We hiked this on a slightly rainy slightly foggy day and it was just gorgeous. The rain actually pretty much l

6. Wendell Gilley Museum

4 Herrick Rd, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4431 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Wendell Gilley Museum

Discover where people, art and nature meet in Maine. The Wendell Gilley Museum is a community center that celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature and art. Enjoy a casual visit, enroll in a workshop, or join our members' carving club. Discover one of the "hidden gems" of Mount Desert Island.

Reviewed By Zin3 - San AnselmoSan Anselmo

Fun for whole family

The display of Gilley's bird carvings is exceptional. My grandchildren love checking them out so we got a family membership. The older one took a quick carving lesson and made quite a good chickadee. She can't wait to go back. There is also a side room fo

7. Southwest Harbor Public Library

338 Main St, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4243 Traveler Resources, Libraries
Excellent
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Reviewed By WiseManTravels - VermontVermont

Great little library

We stopped on a rainy night on our walk back to our inn. It was more than a nice shelter with lots of magazines, nice furniture and atmosphere.

8. Mansell Mountain

Long Pond Road, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME Nature & Parks, Mountains
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5 based on 12 reviews

Mansell Mountain

Reviewed By DianaR590 - Hopedale, MAHopedale, MA

Great hike, loads of views

Although we didn't finish the full path around the mountain we did love the views, the quiet, and cool shaded path. The breeze was very strong on our trip so layers were good to have on. There were many places to sit on rocks and enjoy sun, openness of Lo

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