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
4.5 based on 162 reviews
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
4.5 based on 115 reviews
Reviewed By Charles A - Topsham, MaineTopsham, Maine
Another relatively easy hike with very rewarding views of Somes Sound after a short climb. Very enjoyable.
3. Beech Cliff Loop
5 based on 84 reviews
Reviewed By Curt B
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
4.5 based on 51 reviews
Reviewed By Gammie8
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
5 based on 48 reviews
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
4.5 based on 48 reviews
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
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
5 based on 12 reviews
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