Quoddy Head State Park encompasses 541 acres at the tip of America's easternmost peninsula, offering opportunities to visit an historic lighthouse, picnic and hike up to 5 miles of scenic trails. From the candy-striped West Quoddy Head Light, Maine's easternmost lighthouse, visitors can look out over Quoddy Channel (which divides the U.S. and Canada) to the towering red cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, West Quoddy Head Light was first built in 1808. The present tower and house, which date back to 1858, were staffed by resident lightkeepers until 1988 when the U.S. Coast Guard automated the light. The Park affords some of Maine's best wildlife-watching. Visitors in summer may spot humpback, minke and finback whales offshore, along with rafts of eider, scoter and old squaw ducks. Kittiwakes, gannets, black-bellied plovers, ruddy turnstones and purple sandpipers all can be seen at times roosting on Sail Rock. During spring and fall migration periods, hundreds of shorebirds congregate near the Park's western boundary at Lubec Flats and Carrying Place Cove (named for a canoe portage site that Native Americans used). Birding opportunities continue into winter, with sea ducks, murres, and razorbills offshore and frequent bald eagles. An easy, one-mile round-trip walk leads to an unusual coastal plateau bog (also known as a heath) with sub-arctic and arctic plants rarely seen south of Canada. Shrubs predominate, particularly black crowberry, baked appleberry and Labrador tea, along with carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and sundew. A second bog at the property's western boundary, Carrying Place Cove Bog, is a National Natural Landmark (http://www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/).
A beautiful lighthouse on the easternmost point in the United States. We were fortunate to visit on a sunny and clear summer day, with fantastic views of the Canadian islands of Campobello and Grand Manan. The state park has five miles of trails with diverse scenery (shoreline, woods and bogs). If you are running somewhat short on time after exploring the lighthouse area, be sure to at least take the path that begins beyond the flagpole. A quick walk to some stairs leads down to a wonderful rocky beach!
Absolutely incredible views! One of my favorite hikes to date. Pick a beautiful day and hopefully you will get the chance to see Campobello without the fog that typically rolls in between the mainland and the island. Lush moss growth surrounds you in this coastal dreamlike trail with several waterfalls and a mini "thunder hole" much like Acadia's. This gem can only be found if you hit it at the correct incoming tide.
Quoddy Head State Park is located four miles off Maine Route 189 in Lubec, ME on the easternmost point of land in the United States. On its 532 acres, the park features 4.5 miles 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. With its diverse landscape, breathtaking views, I highly recommend Quoddy Head State Park.