If you're looking for a quick run with nice views near Northeast Harbor, it's hard to beat Parkman Mountain. The trail starts just north of Upper Hadlock Pond (across Route 3 from the Goat Trail
As you follow the trail through the woods, you'll cross several carriage roads. Watch out for horses and bike riders! Follow the trail to the top of Parkman Mountain. At 941 feet, Parkman is one of the smaller mountains on Mount Desert Island, but the views of the Cranberry Isles from the rocky summit are definitely worth it. For a bit of variation on the return trip, loop back to the trailhead via the Bald Peak Trail
Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. If youre interested in learning more details about great day hikes, weather, camping / lodging, and geology, check out his book: Guide to Acadia National Park
Look for wild blueberries in late July/early August.