Cadillac South Ridge Trail

  • Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain Acadia National Park.
  • Cadillac Mountain Summit Acadia National Park.


Dogs Yes

Bird Watching


Fall Foliage

7 (miles)


Out & Back

~1350 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


Cadillac South Ridge Trail is a difficult hiking trail in Acadia National Park that leads to the summit of the highest peak along the eastern seaboard. At 1528 feet the trek up Cadillac Mountain can be tough. Along the way hikers can expect exposed ridgelines that reward with incredible sweeping views. The trailhead is located along Route 3 about a 100 feet south of the Blackwoods Campground entrance. Nearly 340 different bird species have been recorded in Acadia National Park, including twenty-three different species of warblers that breed in the park. The incredible diversity makes Acadia one of the premier bird-watching destinations in the country. Hikers that watch and listen along the trail will likely spot quite a few. Acadia has five campgrounds.

Red Tape

Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609

Maine Trails

Hiking Maine’s Acadia National Park

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