"The Way Life Should Be"
Maine, the place for all season fun, is filled with great opportunities for all types of recreation, sight-seeing and relaxation.
3,500 miles of rugged coastline.
542,629 acres of state and national parks, including the 92 mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Acadia National Park (second most visited national park in the U.S.), Baxter State Park - location of Mt. Katahdin and the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.
Begin this tour in Ellsworth, where you can tour the amazing Colonel Black Mansion. Built in 1862 by laborers from Boston and bricks shipped all the way from Philadelphia, this grand Georgian home features fine period furniture, a wonderful spiral staircase and lovely gardens. Also in Ellsworth, the Stanwood Homestead Sanctuary is a spectacular 130-acre nature preserve that shouldn't be missed. Ellsworth offers a lovely downtown with quaint hotels, inns, great shopping and fine eateries.
Head up Route 1 to West Gouldsboro, then take Route 186 south to Winter Harbor and follow the loop road around the Schoodic Peninsula. This lesser-known part of Acadia National Park is truly spectacular. Rugged Schoodic Point's granite cliffs stand in perpetual defiance of the churning Atlantic, and flocks of seagulls play in the sea spray and swirling wind. On a clear day, you can also enjoy amazing views of Mt. Desert Island across Frenchman Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy one of the best shows on earth: the dramatic interaction between sea, rock and sky.
From Winter Harbor, continue on Route 186 to Birch Harbor, Prospect Harbor, Corea and Gouldsboro, where the Bartlett Maine Estate Winery makes blueberry, apple and pear wines, and offers tasting tours of their wares.
MAINE TOURISM DIRECTORY
Fort Knox - Prospect - Waldo County
Construction began in 1844 to provide protection to the Penobscot River during the northeast boundary dispute with Britain. Bought by the state in 1923 from the federal government for the amount of $2,121, it became a state park in 1940 by the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, please visit http://fortknox.maineguide.com/ .
Fort Madison - Castine - Hancock County
This fort was built in 1811 and was occupied by the British in 1814 and 1815.
Baker Island Light - Cranberry Isles - Hancock County
Located at the entrance to Frenchman Bay. Built in 1828 and rebuilt in 1855. Unattended light house 105 feet above high-water. Spectacular views on a nice day.
Bass Harbor Head Light - Tremont - Hancock County
Marks the entrance to Bass Harbor. Stands 56 feet above high-water. Built in 1858 and is accessible by car.
Bears Island Light - Cranberry Isles - Hancock County
Stands at the entrance to Northeast Harbor, this light was built in 1839 and rebuilt in 1889. White cylindrical tower is 100 feet above high-water.
Burnt Coat Harbor Light (Hockamock Head Light) - Swans Island - Hancock County
Built on the southern tip of Swans Island in 1872, this tower stands at 32 feet. Brick oil house was added in 1895. Access is by boat only.
Eagle Island Light - Deer Isle - Hancock County
This granite lighthouse was built in 1839. An oil house and additional structures added near the turn of the century.
Egg Rock Light - Winter Harbor - Hancock County
This tower sits 64 feet above high-water and guards the entrance to Frenchman Bay. It was erected in 1875.
Great Duck Island Light - Frenchboro - Hancock County
This tower is 67 feet above high water and is a well-known landmark. It was built in December of 1890. It was acquired by The College of the Atlantic in 1998.
Petit Manan Light - Milbridge - Washington County
Built in 1817 and rebuilt in 1855. This is the second tallest lighthouse in the state, standing at 119 feet in height.
Prospect Harbor Point Light - Gouldsboro - Hancock County
This black and white tower was built in 1850. It is still an active aide to navigation. The surrounding grounds and buildings are owned by the U.S. Navy. Overnight stays are available to active and retired Navy personnel at the innkeeper's house known as Gull Cottage.
Winter Harbor Lighthouse - Winter Harbor - Hancock County
The lighthouse was built in 1856 for $4,000 on the 4 acre Mark Island in Winter Harbor. It went into service on January 1, 1857 with inn keeper Frederick Gerrish. In 1933 the lighthouse was discontinued after 78 years of service and 9 inn keepers. The lighthouse was replaced by a lighted buoy to the southeast. You can see the lighthouse distantly from the loop in Acadia National Park's Schoodic Peninsula and by some tour boats leaving Bar Harbor.
Museums and Historical Sites
Old Town House Museum - 452 Route 1, West Gouldsboro, Hancock County - 1884 Building; Displays of 19th century local cultural items; Free Admission. FMI: (207) 963-7018
John Perkins House - Castine - Hancock County
Pre Revolutionary War building furnished with 18th century family and local pieces. 18th century craft demonstrations. Fee.
Parks and Recreation Areas
Acadia National Park - Mt. Desert Island - Hancock County- Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor
Famous National Park. Features many fine hiking trails, carriage roads, campgrounds, scenic views of the Maine coast, picnic areas and more. The second most visited National Park on the east coast. For more information on where to stay, shop and play in Gouldsboro and the surrounding Schoodic area, please visit http://www.acadiamagic.com/contents.html .
Lamoine Beach - Lamoine - Hancock County
Swimming beach located at Lamoine State Park.
Schoodic Institute - Winter Harbor - Hancock County
Located in Acadia National Park (on the Schoodic Peninsula) this center offers the chance to see what goes into researching wildlife and its inhabitants. For information, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/learningcenters/schoodic.html .
Jones Pond Recreation Center - Gouldsboro - Hancock County
A nice little gem located on Recreation Road in Gouldsboro, offers fishing, a playground and grills with picnic area for those who want to spend the afternoon relaxing in the summer sun. If you have any questions, please contact the town office at (207) 963-5589.
Hiking and Natural Attractions
Bald Mountain - Dedham - Hancock County
Short hike, with excellent views in all direction at the peak. Base to summit 1/2 mile, elev. gain is 500 ft.
Beech Mountain - Southwest Harbor - Hancock County
Starts with short gradual ascent, then curves east for steep climb to flat summit with fire tower and spectacular views. Loop trail is 1 1/4 mile; elev gain 400 ft.
Blue Hill - Blue Hill - Hancock County
Excellent views of Mt. Desert Island and Blue Hill Bay from ledges and abandoned fire tower at the top of this mountain. Base to summit: 1 mi; elev gain 500 ft.
Cadillac Mountain - Bar Harbor - Hancock County
Highest peak on the east coast, offers impressive views from all directions. Gradual easy ascent. (Follow stones for side trip to Eagle Crag Outlook.) 3 1/2 miles, elevation 1200ft.
Dorr Mountain - Bar Harbor - Hancock County
Shortest, most direct ascent climbs up stone steps through woods to open ledges that offer magnificent views of Frenchman Bay and Cadillac Mountain.
Flying Mountain - Southwest Harbor - Hancock County
Short, quick climb through woods to outlook. Great view of Somes Sound and Cadillac Mountain. Base to overlook: 1/2 mile; elev gain 200 ft.
Gorham Mountain - Bar Harbor - Hancock County
Many points of interest on this hike. Side excursion to Cadillac Cliffs offers arches, caves and overhangs. Awesome views from the summit of Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs, Great Head and more. Road to summit: 1 mile; elev gain 500 ft.
Bagaduce Falls - Brooksville - Hancock County
Reversing Falls. Easy access, canoeists and kayakers sometimes use it for practice runs.
Baker Island "Dance Floor" - Cranberry Isles - Hancock County
Pile of huge granite slabs, hewn from shore by powerful waves.
Blue Hill Falls - Blue Hill - Hancock County
Reversing falls, insurging tide funnelled by narrow channel creates high waves. 200 yards long and is runnable by canoe, raft or inner tube.
Goose Falls - Brooksville - Penobscot County
Reversing falls at the outlet to Goose Pond.
Great Head - Bar Harbor - Hancock County
One of the highest coastal headlands on the east coast. Black and white speckled volcanic bedrock, ruined lookout tower and awesome views from the trail.
Hog Bay - Franklin - Hancock County
Nesting site for migrating birds including bald eagles and osprey. Excellent roadside bird watching spot.
The Beehive - Bar Harbor - Hancock County
Unusually shaped cliff that offers a very skilled climb to excellent vantage point and hiking trail.
For more information on where to stay shop and play in Gouldsboro and the surrounding Schoodic area, please visit http://www.acadia-schoodic.org .
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