Quoddy Head

Lubec, Maine 04652

Quoddy Head

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"Ironically, West Quoddy Head forms the easternmost spot in the United States—its eastern brother is located across the border on Campobello Island. Rising 190 feet above the ocean, this oft fog-shrouded peninsula is a natural treasure along Maine’s Bold Coast. Purchased by the state in 1962, Quoddy Head State Park is comprised of 532 acres of rugged headlands, more than 4.5 miles of hiking trails, and a picturesque lighthouse built in 1858. Open throughout the year, Quoddy Head is a wonderful spot to witness the raw power of the Maine coast, enjoy glimpses of its many wild creatures, and observe diverse vegetation."

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Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Greg Westrich
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"The Quoddy Head light sits on the easternmost point of the United States. The hike begins along the south shore of Quoddy Head, a small, round peninsula that is nearly an island. The Shore Trail, at the beginning of the Coastal Trail, passes atop some of the highest cliffs on the coast of Maine. The farther west you hike, the lower the cliffs, offering access to the rocky shore. Before turning inland the hike passes a side trail that leads to the sandy beach along the Carrying Place. The return hike on the Thompson Trail passes a raised peat bog that has a boardwalk through it."
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Carey Michael Kish
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"Enjoy rugged oceanfront cliffs, maritime forests, and a unique peatland on a hike through the easternmost point of land in the US. Quoddy Head State Park occupies 541 magnificent acres on West Quoddy Head, the easternmost point of land in the continental United States. The park was established by the state in 1962 on lands acquired from private landowners. It features more than 5 miles of pleasant hiking on six trails. This route wends along four trails on the dramatic coastline, through maritime forests, and into a unique bog on its loop route. The name Quoddy is the Passamaquoddy term meaning “fertile and beautiful.” The park is perhaps best known for its iconic red-and-white striped lighthouse standing tall on the shore of the Bay of Fundy overlooking Canada."
Hiking through History New England (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This is one ultra-scenic hike. Start at the easternmost point in the entire United States, then curve along the rugged Maine coast to reach historic West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, its current incarnation in operation since 1857. Continue walking along cliffs above the Atlantic, viewing crashing waves in the near, with island and big water panoramas in the far. Return to the trailhead via deep woods inland paths."

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One of the best trails you'll find along the coast. I find this trail much more intriguing than most of the ones on Mount Desert. Stunning, surprising scale like California, with rock replacing earth and the complexity of Coastal California or the Everglades. Sit on a rock ledge with your feet dangling over the breaking waves, watch the bird traffic, or meander in the woods. Also be sure to see the bog.
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Go off trail and find the blooming wild flagstaff iris. Watch the clear, green water gather in inlets from a perch high on the cliffs. Go past Green Point, which isn't green but, well, you'll see. Many an afternoon I hiked past the Point, scrambled over the boulders and wedged into a rocky seat to watch the waves, the whales and the seals. Hiking the trail in the summer or the winter, is a favorite, remote, place and a fond memory of Maine for me.
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Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
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3 hours
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USGS: Lubec, ME
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