Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

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Bass Harbor, ME 04653

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Free

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Hiking, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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If you want to experience a stunning sunrise without the crowds of Cadillac Mountain, head to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse was constructed in the late 1800s and is considered one of the most picturesque lighthouses in all of Maine. It's owned and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. Access inside the lighthouse is closed off to visitors, but it's best observed from outside anyway.
The landmark sits on the southern tip of Mount Desert Island. Visitors can reach the lighthouse viewing platform by parking at the free lot off Lighthouse Road in Bass Harbor and then walking down a short, sloped trail to sea level. Travelers with limited accessibility should be cautious of the steep path and the often slippery stones of the viewing platform. Previous visitors said both sunrises and sunsets are spectacular here. They also laud the platform's location as it's the perfect spot to witness groups of dolphins and seals up close. However, in the peak summer months there is often traffic congestion on the drive to the lighthouse, so plan to arrive early or take the Island Explorer, which drops passengers off a half-mile from the lighthouse. For more information, visit the National Park Service website.

If you want to experience a stunning sunrise without the crowds of Cadillac Mountain, head to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse was constructed in the late 1800s and is considered one of the most picturesque lighthouses in all of Maine. It's owned and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. Access inside the lighthouse is closed off to visitors, but it's best observed from outside anyway.

The landmark sits on the southern tip of Mount Desert Island. Visitors can reach the lighthouse viewing platform by parking at the free lot off Lighthouse Road in Bass Harbor and then walking down a short, sloped trail to sea level. Travelers with limited accessibility should be cautious of the steep path and the often slippery stones of the viewing platform. Previous visitors said both sunrises and sunsets are spectacular here. They also laud the platform's location as it's the perfect spot to witness groups of dolphins and seals up close. However, in the peak summer months there is often traffic congestion on the drive to the lighthouse, so plan to arrive early or take the Island Explorer, which drops passengers off a half-mile from the lighthouse. For more information, visit the National Park Service website.

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