|Written by THIRDSTONE|
Many years ago Anemone Cave in the heart of Acadia National Park was once one of the National Park's star attractions.¬† People came from far and wide to hike down to this acient sea cave and explore it's insides.¬† But than the National Park Service decided to abandon the cave from the parks attractions.¬† All sign's and railings that led down the cliff to the sea cave were removed, and in recent years, Anemone Cave has been removed from maps.¬† This article will show you how you can reach this sea cave, and the best route to approach it from.¬† It is also very important to note that Anemone Cave is a sea cave and can only be entered at low tide.¬† At high tide the cave is uner water, so check and find out what time low tide is before making the trip.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
a park pass ( not required unless you plan on passing through the park's fee station)
good hiking boots or shoes with a very good grip
From Downtown Bar Harbor Maine, take route 3 in the direction of the village of Otter Creek.
Once you pass the Bar Harbor ball fields, you will climb a hill, take a left on top of the hill, just before the ice cream stand.¬† This is the Schooner Head road.
Drive until you come to a four way intersection with stop signs.¬† Turn left, this leads directly into the Svchooner Head parking lot.
Follow the paved path through the woods.¬† This will come out on top of some steep cliffs.¬† As you stand where the path comes to the top of the cliff, you will be actually standing right over Anemone Cave.
Do not attempt to reach Anemone Cave from the right of the cliff.¬† That was the way the path¬† once went, but back than there was railings to help you down, without the railings, the steep cliff can be wet and slippery, and people have fallen and been injuried attempting to reach the cave from the right side.
Follow the rough path along the top of the cliff, heading to the left.¬† You don't have to go too far before you see a long gully leading down toward the water, the gully moves downward and to the right.
Climb down and follow the gully until you see the opening of Anemone Cave.
Just before the opening of the cave, climb down a small section of granite.¬† There will bew wet seaweed, and care should be taken not to slip and fall.¬† The cave is right there to be explored.¬† The inside of the cave is also wet and very slippery.
Know the tide for the day of your trip, Anemone Cave is a sea cave and can only be entered at low tide.
Carry a cell phone just in case some one slips or is injured.
The entrance and floor of Anemone Cave is coated with very wet seaweed, and it is very easy to slip and fall - wear very good footing