Content and Photos sourced from SchoodicByway.org and Schoodic Chamber of Commerce
The Schoodic National Scenic Byway is a 29-mile route of unspoiled, uncrowded scenery, hugging Frenchman Bay as it makes its way south along the Schoodic Peninsula, dipping into the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park. Locals consider the Schoodic area to be one of Maine’s most special jewels.
Scenic treasures to be found along the Byway include a reversing falls, lighthouses, historic architecture, the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, antique shops, and breathtaking views of the ocean, Cadillac Mountain, and Frenchman Bay. The route passes through a working landscape of lobstering, clamming, logging, and home-based artisans and features abundant special places to hike, bike, and paddle.
First-time visitors are typically amazed by all the peninsula has to offer. In this one, unique location, bold mountains meet the sea, art meets nature, lobster meets the belly, and no one meets a stranger.
Families won’t want to miss the NSBF byway and Maine tourism award winning Schoodic Kids Quest exhibits along the way, https://schoodicbyway.org/kids-quest/. Use the telescopes at Frenchman Bay Scenic Turnout to view the Acadia mountains, the sailboats, lobster boats, and the crashing waves against this coastal shore.
Experience the dramatic reversing falls while you enjoy a picnic and easy wildlife viewing – seals, eagles, otter, seabirds, and more! A covered pavilion, picnic tables, and grills are all open to the public at Tidal Falls Preserve, Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s flagship property.
In Hancock, at the Gateway to the Schoodic National Scenic Byway, the Waukeag Rail Station was located here from 1898 to 1920. This rest area overlooks Taunton Bay, a rich ecosystem with plentiful wildlife. From here you can see historic Gordon’s Wharf across the bay.
Schoodic Point, a breath-taking spot in Acadia National Park, is a great place to see crashing waves, stunning views of Cadillac Mountain to the west, and catch a glimpse of a harbor seal or porpoise. Spread out a picnic on the granite ledges or head out on a nearby hike.
Visit Winter Harbor’s town pier to experience local lobster fishermen working and preparing to head out fishing. A lively and captivating scene, boats depart early in the morning and return with their catch in the mid-afternoon. Be sure to give the workers space while you observe the hustle and bustle.
Built in 1849, the Prospect Harbor Lighthouse can be seen from Route 186. This iconic landmark boasts a rich history and is a “must-see” along the Schoodic National Scenic Byway! (The lighthouse property is not open to the public)
The town of Gouldsboro has several small historic villages. The town park in Prospect Harbor is a perfect picnic spot with views of the ocean and just a few steps away from the Dorcas Library, Town Office, and the Lobster Fishing Kids Quest site.
In the remote coastal village of Corea (Located only 3.5 from Prospect Harbor on Route 195) you will find a picturesque working harbor filled with lobster boats, classic coastal Maine architecture and a small friendly community unique to the Maine coast.
The opportunities for outdoor adventures along the Schoodic National Scenic Byway are endless and the vibrant community of artisans, historic sites, museums, and places to experience the coast of Maine will leave you breathless.
On Saturday August 12, plan to take in the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, https://schoodicchamber.com/craft-fair-boat-races/.
This Maine state byway became a National Scenic Byway in June 2000. For more information, visit https://schoodicbyway.org/ or https://nsbfoundation.com/nb/schoodic-scenic-byway/ . The town offices in Sullivan, Gouldsboro (Prospect Harbor Village) and Winter Harbor have visitor information.
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