The lighthouse trail in Maine runs all along the 3500 miles of seacoast. Yes, 3500 miles. We’re counting all of those hidden coves, tidal flats, and tiny islands along the coast. You can start in Eliot, Maine and go all the way to Canada to see all the Maine Lighthouses. (There is one on a lake far from the coast, but that’s not in this list. It’s called Ladies Delight if you want to look it up.)
We have the Maine Guide to Lighthouses and Harbors here at the inn and you’re welcome to take a copy to help you find the hidden gems. I had my mom as my co-pilot one day and we hit the section of the book along the Kennebec River. The directions for the Doubling Point light take you from a nice, wide, paved two lane highway to a smaller paved side road to a smaller still unpaved road. Finally, you’re in someone’s driveway. It’s part of the fun to find the hidden areas along the rivers and coast. There are a couple more I have seen from the river (take the lighthouse cruise from the Maine Maritime Museum) that I need to find from the shore.
The above lighthouse is the farthest east one in the US. That one is about five hours from here in Lubec at the West Quoddy park. There’s a very rocky beach there and a hiking trail around the point. If you bring your passport you can also go across the Campobello Island to see the East Quoddy Light at the tip of the island. (On it’s own island!) Stop in to see Franklin Roosevelt’s summer White House on the way.
To see more of Maine’s lighthouses you can head over to our blog and follow along as we wander around Maine looking for those beacons of light along the coast!
Don’t forget Maine Open Lighthouse Day – one weekend only, in September. Get inside lighthouses all up and down the coast.