Quoddy Head State Park
In 1808, West Quoddy Head Light became the easternmost lighthouse in the United States. A mere 180 years later, the light station was automated and incorporated as part of adjacent Quoddy Head State Park. Located in Lubec, Maine, the state park is the easternmost point of land in the United States, featuring 4.5 miles of hiking trails, two bogs, and a diverse habitat for rare plants. And, of course, don’t forget the red and white striped lighthouse tower—great for photographing!
Visitors to this scenic Downeast Maine destination have described Quoddy Head State Park as “a secret jewel.” The craggy coast, breathtaking views, and varied hiking opportunities are just a few of the treasures that await you on the 532 acres of this must-see Maine attraction.
The diversity of the landscape is made even more dramatic with the hit-or-miss fog that can roll in on a whim. In the early 19th century, Quoddy Head was known as a dangerously foggy area. The lighthouse and fog cannon warned mariners of Quoddy’s perilous cliffs and ledges. Today, you can hike along the top of these spectacular seaside bluffs overlooking the rocky shore and waters that lay in wait for careless sailors. This fascinating aspect of Quoddy Head State Park’s mystique draws hikers year-round. And on bright, sunny days, the looping hiking trails offer ideal treks for families with small children.