Maine’s Coast and Lighthouses
Did you know Maine has the longest coastline in the lower 48? Yup! At 3,478 miles, it even beats out California at 3,427 miles. Add in the 4000+ islands and you get over 5,000 miles of coastline! That’s a lot of beautiful beaches, cliffs and vistas!
Sprinkled along the coastline are 65 historical lighthouses. Here are some of our favorites we visit on our Maine tour in September.
Portland Head Light:
This iconic lighthouse claims to be the most photographed in the world! We understand why as its setting is stunning. Situated at Fort Williams, this park is great for a nice stroll, a picnic or simply taking in the views.
Portland Breakwater Light (Bug Light) and Spring Point Ledge Light
Two other Portland area lighthouses are Bug Light and Spring Point Ledge Light. These two lights have been helping guide seafaring vessels into Portland Harbor since the 1800s.
This picturesque lighthouse was built in 1832 and rebuilt in 1857 at the entrance of Port Clyde Harbor. We love seeing this lighthouse from our ferry as we return from a day out on Monhegan Island.
This lighthouse is actually in Owl’s Head State Park. It is run by the Coast Guard. It’s a great place for a picnic and a little beach tide pooling.
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
This lighthouse is uniquely placed at the end of the Rockland Breakwater, which juts out about a mile into Rockland Harbor. Walk the breakwater and you are likely to see some common loons, eider ducks, and harbor seals!