This Abandoned Estate Trail May Be Acadia’s Best Kept Secret
While not a complete secret but relatively idle, this trail leads you to the remains of the Dorr estate and a private, beautiful beach!
This easy walking trail will lead you to the ruins of the George Dorr estate and his private beach. Now part of Acadia National Park, the trail is marked and has a parking lot, but is easy to miss.
The parking lot is right before the Old Farm Road when heading out of town on Rt 3. From the parking lot a trail will lead you to a fork where you go left and up a small hill. Here you will see the remaining foundation and brickwork of the George Dorr estate. The trek in is less than a mile and is generally flat.
From here you will see 3 sets of granite stone steps leading from the foundation to the ocean. The right most staircase goes by what was the old well and leads you to a private beach. Even though this beach is very close to the hub of Bar Harbor, it is so quiet here you can hear the rumble of stones being pulled and pushed by the ocean onto the beach.
If you walk by the beach you will be led to a rocky outcropping and a small island-like feature. The trees along the trail are also something to see as they are wide and tall creating a fairy tale feel.
George B. Dorr was best known as the Father of Acadia. He helped acquire many of the lands and trails in the park today. His estate was once a beautiful mansion with a pool and patio. As Dorr aged, so did the home, and it fell into disrepair. After Dorr's death in 1944 the mansion was turned over to the park and because of the disrepair, it was burned down.
In 2011 a book called 'Ghosts of Acadia' by Marcus LiBrizzi, it says the trail here is actually haunted by Dorr and his caretaker. The 2 are most often seen peaking around trees, or on the granite steps where Dorr actually died. If you listen while walking some claim to hear disembodied foot steps behind them.