Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec

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Quoddy Head State Park is a state park located four miles off Maine State Route 189 in Lubec, Maine on the easternmost point of land in the continental United States. On its, purchased by the state in 1962, the park features 5mi of hiking trails, extensive forests, two bogs, diverse habitat for rare plants, and the striking, red-and-white striped lighthouse tower of West Quoddy Head Light.
In 1808, West Quoddy Head Light became the easternmost lighthouse in the United States. Its light and fog cannon warned mariners of Quoddy's dangerous cliffs, ledges, and Sail Rock. Among the first to use a fog bell and later a steam-powered foghorn, this lighthouse greatly reduced shipwrecks in this foggy area, even as shipping increased. In 1858, the present red-and-white tower replaced the original. Monitored and serviced by the United States Coast Guard, its light still shines through its original third-order Fresnel lens. After automation in 1988, the light station became part of adjacent Quoddy Head State Park. The tower is closed, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the lighthouse grounds and explore the visitor center and museum run by the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association.
For a few weeks around the equinoxes, West Quoddy Head is the first location in the United States to see the sunrise. Quoddy Head State Park is also the closest geographic point in the United States to the African continent.
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  • If the Bold Coast trail in Cutler is too daunting for you, do this instead. The views of Grand Manan are stunning and the trail takes you along a classic Down East walk. It is slippery and steep in so...  more »
  • Drove about 2 hours from Mount Desert Island to get here; totally worth the drive! Hiked the trail that follows the coastline and were rewarded with sightings of a whale (humpback??). Once-in-a-lifeti...  more »
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  • Great great great Park! In addition to the beautiful, historic lighthouse at the Easternmost point in the US, there are spectacularly gorgeous walks along the sea cliffs, in the lush, mossy coastal forest, and a boardwalk through a very unique Ice Age bog. This park will please if you're into geology, botany, or just enjoy walking in places of absolute natural splendor. I saw nothing in the fabled Acadia that could match this place, and Quoddy is far, far less crowded- on some weekdays you can have the trails practically to yourself!
  • AMAZING bluff walk overlooking the Bay of Fundy. This is the end of the line - the easternmost point in the U.S. Rich spruce forest smells compliment the cool bay breezes. Lots of rock hopping and tidal pool exploring. One of the most beautiful places on the east coast!!

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