Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory
Penobscot Narrows Bridge Fort Knox State Park 711 Fort Knox Rd, Prospect, ME 04981
A one-minute elevator ride will take you to one of the most unusual views in Maine, a 360 degree view from 437 feet above the Penobscot River, just a few miles up river from Penobscot Bay. Located atop the northern tower or pylon of the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge, the observatory gives visitors a spectacular look at mountains, lakes, and portions of Penobscot Bay.
Look directly below at the river on which the young explorer Samuel de Champlain sailed in 1604, and the American navy suffered its most disastrous loss when 37 vessels burned and sank in the Penobscot Expedition of 1779.
Located on the grounds of Fort Knox, a third-system granite fortress built to prevent another naval disaster on the Penobscot, the Observatory tower is open to the public during the same regular seasonal hours as the fort.
Tickets for a ride to the top of the tower can be purchased as you enter Fort Knox at the welcome station.