While visiting Acadia National Park, we rode over to the Bass Head Harbor Lighthouse. There is a small parking lot that is free to park in at the edge of the lighthouse. There is a trail that you can follow around the lighthouse and down to the shore.
The Bass Head Harbor Lighthouse is owned by the US Coast Guard. It is located in the village of Bass Harbor. The lighthouse was originally built in 1858 and marks the entrance into Bass Harbor on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island. In 1876 a fog bell and tower was added. Then in 1898 a much larger fog bell was added within the tower itself.
National Register Of Historic Places
On January 21st, 1988, The Bass Harbor Head Light Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Also on the property is a “Keepers House”. As of the time of our visit, the lighthouse was under the control of the United States Coast Guard.
We went to the lighthouse on a weekday and found the small parking lot almost full. I imagine if you go on a weekend during the summer parking might be a bit of a challenge. Once you park you will see a pathway that leads you directly to the lighthouse viewing area. There you will see the original bell, the lighthouse, and some great views of the harbor. Unfortunately, you are not allowed inside the lighthouse.
Watch Your Steps On The Rocks
On the other side of the parking lot, there is another path which leads you to steps. These steps will lead you to the other side of the lighthouse onto a rocky cliff. From there you can grab some great pictures of the cliff, the lighthouse, and the harbor. If you venture onto the rocky cliff as I did, be careful as there are no handrails, guide ropes, or anything else to hold onto.
If you are a fan of lighthouses, this is a great stop while in Maine. As I mentioned above the parking lot is small and depending on the day you visit it could be quite crowded. In our opinion, the views alone are worth any wait you might have to endure for a parking spot.
Acadia National Park/Bass Harbor
Date of Visit: August 13th, 2015