Near Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Unusual Pocket Beach
Acadia National Park
Sand Beach is a geologic rarity – one of the few cold-water, shell-based sand beaches in the world. Sand beaches are uncommon in Maine, because cold water traps gases that dissolve seashells and most of the coastline consists of hard granite that erodes slowly. But here, the offshore rock, called “Old Soaker,” diverts a strong current into a glacially formed pocket which captures shell fragments. This beach also is affected typically by a 12-foot variance between low and high tides. Do not underestimate the strength of the tides and currents. The surface sands rest on a huge bed of granite cobbles – both of which can totally disappear after hurricanes reclaim them into the Gulf of Maine.
Beach Safety Tips
Watch for slippery or loose rocks.
The water is cold – 45-55°F (7-13°C).
Be alert for changing tides and strong waves that could carry you out to sea.
Protect the Park
Pets are not permitted on this beach in the summer.
Stay off the dunes and grass.
Do not feed or disturb wildlife.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 19.762′ N, 68° 11.023′ W. Marker is near Bar Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker can Touch for map. Marker is near a stairway leading down to Sand Beach. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Secrets of the Sand (here, next to this marker); Sand Beach (here, next to this marker); Satterlee Field (here, next to this marker); What Do Park Rangers Do? (approx. 0.6 miles away); Icy Depths (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sounds of the Sea (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thunder Hole Ranger Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thunder Hole (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bar Harbor.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains an aerial photograph of Sand Beach and the surrounding area.
A photo appears at the lower right of the marker, with the caption “Over 60 of Maines beaches – including Little Hunters Beach (shown) – consist of cobblestones instead of sand. Stop and enjoy one of them along the Park Loop Road, but leave the cobbles where you find them.”
Categories. • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.