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Best View You'll Get of a Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island

This is the closest view you'll get of a lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. Bass Harbor Head Light... read more

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Kristi J
Houston, Texas
Great little trail

Short trail leads to steep stairs to rocky shores for a wonderful view of the lighthouse. Great... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dyer, Indiana
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One of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine.
Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the closest view you'll get of a lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. Bass Harbor Head Light is maintained by the Coast Guard and is a real, working lighthouse. Our kids really enjoyed exploring the tide pools that are available to view on the...More

Thank Kristi J
Reviewed 3 days ago

Make sure to take the trail behind the lighthouse for the money shot. The short trail down to the rocky shoreline is a must, this is where you can take the most beautiful pictures of the lighthouse looking upwards. Take time to play in the...More

Thank 04Beau99
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the lighthouse on a Tuesday late afternoon. There were very few people there. Be sure to walk down the rocky point to get a great view of the lighthouse. You can also walk completely around the lighthouse and lightkeeper’s cottage, but cannot go...More

Thank Reagan10
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Short trail leads to steep stairs to rocky shores for a wonderful view of the lighthouse. Great little trip that only takes a half hour or so and we were lucky enough to see it during a foggy day.

Thank raynor5fam
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many who see the lighthouse fail to walk to the opposite end of the parking lot to take the other path which takes you down to the rocks to see this most famous view. I informed people in the lot of the second path as...More

Thank nickmac207
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here after visiting one of the island’s gardens on a semi-cloudy day. The parking lot is pretty small so be prepared to wait. There are two different ways to view the lighthouse. We got there around 5:45pm on a Wednesday and lucked out...More

Thank miguelinad284
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you pull into the parking lot there is trail off to the left that allows you to climb out onto the rocks and watch the sunset. Many people were there with picnics.

Thank Hmlaunhardt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'll be to the point. There is a small parking area and restroom facility. There is a small area to climb down to next to the shore to get a good look at the lighthouse. There are a few signs to read up on the...More

Thank crutt13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Park in the lot and walk a short ways down the path through trees. To get “the” shot of the lighthouse, you will need to scramble on rocks. A little bit precarious so be careful. Beautiful ! A hidden benefit-cell service here was good. We...More

1  Thank shields1954
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there at low tide so I could walk out on the rocks. Had great views. Long staircase down to the rocks.

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18 August 2018|
Response from shields1954 | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t get there at sunrise. Sorry. I just had my iPhone but I saw several with tripods. The problem is getting your equipment to the rocks for the shot. You need to be surefooted to get much equipment down there. It is a... More