Quoddy Head State Park

Location: south of Lubec, Maine
Date: 7 June 2010

The coastline near one of the trails in Quoddy Head

Quoddy Head State Park encompasses the easternmost point in the United States outside of Alaska. The park is located in Downeast Maine along the Bay of Fundy near the border with New Brunswick. It is also the closest point in all 50 states to both Europe and Africa.

West Quoddy Head Light

Situated near the easternmost point is the West Quoddy Head Light. Constructed in 1858 it is only one of two lighthouses in the U.S. with red and white stripes, and was the first to be equipped with a fog bell.

The coastline along the trail

A small rock monument marks the the area as the easternmost point, however the true easternmost point is Sail Rock, a tiny island (basically a rock) in the bay. Only for a few weeks around the vernal and autumnal equinoxes Quoddy Point is the first place in the U.S. to see sunrise.

Looking towards Sail Rock and Grand Manan Island in the background

The park has five miles of hiking trails that can be hiked as a loop and are well worth the visit. One half of the loop follows the rocky shore along the 100+ ft cliffs while the other half travels through the forest. There is a small side boardwalk that goes into one of the bogs.

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