Shackford Head State Park
With the unique designation of being located in the easternmost city of the United States, Shackford Head State Park includes 90 acres of Moose Island and overlooks scenic Cobscook Bay and includes Cony Beach. The park holds much history and is named after Captain John Shackford, a Revolutionary War soldier. During the early 1900’s, five Civil War ships were burned for salvage at Cony Beach; still today, swimming is not recommended in this area of the beach.
There are many hiking trails that cross Shackford Head State Park and anyone who ventures down these often challenging paths will be treated to sightings of hermit thrushes, spotted sandpipers, bald eagles, and a variety of other wildlife. In fact, there are currently 28 different bird species nesting on the headland of Shackford Head State Park.
When using the hiking trails at the park, visitors are asked to keep canine companions on leashes of less than 4 feet and to maintain a “look but not touch” approach with wildlife they come across. Hikers will find the interconnected trail system leads them to high cliffs and bluffs affording sweeping views of Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, and several other local Maine landmarks. In the event there are young eagle families nesting, some hiking trails may occasionally be closed to the public.
Whether you’re a hiker, camper, historian, or bird watcher, Shackford Head State Park will hold your attention for hours.