West Quoddy Head Light, Lubec

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West Quoddy Head, in Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, Maine, is the easternmost point of the contiguous United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the Quoddy Narrows. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858, and is an active aid to navigation. Photographs and paintings of this lighthouse are frequently reproduced. The 3rd order Fresnel lens is the only 3rd order and one of only eight Fresnel lenses still in use on the Maine Coast.
The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places as West Quoddy Head Light Station on July 4, 1980.
West Quoddy Head is an easterly-pointing peninsula in southeastern Lubec, overlooking Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Lubec and Campobello Island, Canada, that provides access to Passamaquoddy Bay and harbors located on the St. Croix River and other rivers which the empty into the bay. Most of the peninsula is part of Quoddy Head State Park, and the light station is located near the southern end of its eastern face.
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  • Incredible, just incredible. Be careful of high bluffs off trails. Worth the drive which was beautiful in October.  more »
  • We planned for 2 years to see the very N Eastern point of US, which comes with a lighthouse, the W. Quoddy Head lighthouse. Lower parking is for handicap and upper larger parking lot for all others, w...  more »
  • Awesome and worth the trip. Great private gift shop on the way up the road before reaching the park. Definitely worth the trip but plan your dining carefully as there appears to be nothing good in the town of Lubec. Also beautiful trails on site with gorgeous views.
  • Most eastern part of the USA right here. It was foggy when we got there. Cool trails with overlooks off great dropoffs. Also to the right of the lighthouse is a small road that has more parking and a path to stairs that lead down to the pebble beach below the lighthouse.

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