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Quoddy Head Tour

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3.3 mile 5.4 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 236' 72 m
Descent: -248' -76 m
High: 135' 41 m
Low: 31' 10 m

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Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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A hike that hits the main highlights at Quoddy Head, the eastern-most point in the continental U.S.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · Views

Entrance fees can be paid at the self-service station in the parking area.
The park is open May 15 to October 15 from 9 a.m. to sunset. Off-season visitors are welcome but should be mindful of conditions.

Overview

You'll hit most of the highlights of Quoddy Head on this loop. Start at the historic West Quoddy Head Light lighthouse and enjoy the coastal views all the way up to Quoddy Head Viewpoint. Head back and traverse the southern coast to reach, Gulliver's Hole, High Ledge and Green Point. On the way back, swing by the Bog Trail to learn about the plants in the area before heading back.

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From the main parking area, head over to the West Quoddy Head Light, originally contracted in 1858 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1808. After visiting the former light keeper's quarters (the tower is closed to visitors) hop on the Coast Guard Trail. The trail winds in and out of the woods above the rocky coast. There are sporadic viewpoints along the way but the best is at the northern point at Quoddy Head Viewpoint. Here you'll have nice views of the coast and the town of Lubec. Continue to follow the Coast Guard Trail back to the road, pass the lighthouse and main parking area and join up with the Coastal Trail.

The Coastal Trail winds right along the rocky and often cliffed-out coast. As such, you'll have amazing views. Follow the trail all the way to Gulliver's Hole (a narrow chasm in the cliff) and High Ledge (150-foot tall bluff). From here, continue to follow the Coastal Trail until you reach Green Point. Take the Green Point Trail to a rock outcrop where you can navigate down to the beach (just be careful around high tide).

After enjoying the beach, head back via the Inland Trail. This will let you take a swing along the Bog Trail. This is a nice option to learn about some of the ecology of the area. There are interpretive signs along the length of the boardwalk and nice views of the bog at the end. Turn back and continue following the Inland Trail until you end up back at the parking area.

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Land Manager: Maine Bureau of Parks

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Summer Flowers adorn Coastal Maine.
Mar 30, 2017 near Eastport, ME
Off the Coastal Trail, look closely in the forest on the left to see the tip of West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.
Mar 30, 2017 near Eastport, ME
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.
Jun 21, 2019 near Eastport, ME
Coast Guard Trail, West Quoddy Head, Maine.
Jun 21, 2019 near Eastport, ME
Coast Guard Trail, West Quoddy Head, overlooking Quoddy Narrows towards Campobello.
Jun 21, 2019 near Eastport, ME
Coast Guard Trail, West Quoddy Head, overlooking Quoddy Narrows with Campobello Island on the horizon.
Jun 21, 2019 near Eastport, ME

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