Maine’s Coast and Lighthouses
Maine’s Coast and Lighthouses are a must see on any visit to the state.
Did you know Maine’s Coast is the longest in the lower 48? Yup! At 3,478 miles, it 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 Maine Coast are 65 historical lighthouses. Here are some of our favorites we visit on our Maine tour in September.
Portland Head Light:
This iconic lighthouse is the most photographed in the world. It’s stunning setting is unforgettable. It is situated at Fort Williams. You can take a stroll along the shoreline and explore the fort too. It’s a great spot for a picnic lunch.
Portland Breakwater Light (Bug Light) and Spring Point Ledge Light
Bug Light and Spring Point Ledge Light are two other beautiful lighthouses. These two lights have been helping guide seafaring vessels into Portland Harbor since the 1800s.
The Marshall Point 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. It was featured in the hit movie Forrest Gump.
This lighthouse is in Owl’s Head State Park. The Coast Guard runs this active lighthouse. It’s a great spot for ocean views, a short hike and has a little beach where you can do some tide pooling.
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
This lighthouse is at the end of the Rockland Breakwater, which juts out about a mile into Rockland Harbor. You can walk the entire breakwater. You will see loons, gulls, shoreline birds and seals along the way.