To find this large ancient sea cave drive on the Schooner Head Road in Bar Harbor until you come to the sign that says Schooner Head Overlook and turn right onto the road. The National Park Service decided to abandon the cave a few years ago so there are no signs or railings that lead down the cliff to the cave and it was removed from the maps as well. It is a short drive to the parking lot overlooking the distant island and Egg Rock Lighthouse. If you didn't know the cave was there you would think the only thing that is there to see is the lighthouse or the passing lighthouse tour boat for the sightseeing photographer and a short path walk to the cliffs. I had such a person ask me if there was anything else to see here except the lighthouse. They said it seemed like a very large parking lot for just sightseeing the lighthouse. I thought that was a very observant tourist. We had just come back from checking out the cave so I educated them on the cave just past the short path.
There is an old hot top path leading down hill for a little way and then a grassy path leading to a rock cliff. Once you are at the rock cliff you are close to or more than likely on top of the cave. Heading down to the cave go down the cliff from the left hand side and is good to have hiking shoes. I saw a person with sandals and thought that was just a disaster waiting to happen. The rocks are a little bit slippery and slimy at times. At high tide the cave is under water, so it is important to enter at low tide.
Some of the sea creatures that we saw in the cave are the Sea Anemone. The cave gets it's name from the anemone that live in this cave. They are predatory and live in bodies of water. They are related to jellyfish and corral. It is a type of polyp that is attached to a surface in the water. They are very small, often less than one inch in diameter. The largest ones are only about 1 ½ inches wide. However, they can be up to 6 feet tall.
Sea Star, which we are used to calling Starfish are not really fish. They don't have gills, scales or tails like fish do, and definitely don't move like fish do but they do move and rather quickly. Sea stars typically have five arms and an eye at the end of each arm. Starfish eat mainly clams, mussels and oysters. They will also eat small fish, sea snails and barnacles. A starfish will eat any sea creature that is too slow to avoid being captured by it. There were a lot of all the above in this cave.
The cave is fairly deep inside
this was a great sight to see but should be extra careful on the slippery rocks, wear appropriate footwear and use caution as to not harm the wild creatures living inside the cave. On foot and watching our every step.