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Bailey Island Bridge (Cribstone Bridge)

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Address: Bailey Island, ME 04330
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Bridge connecting Bailey and Orrs islands.

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I'll never see another one like it

It really is a marvel and worth a look and a picture. We crossed in during a tour on our way to Cook's Lobster House.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
Portland Oregon
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Portland Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

It really is a marvel and worth a look and a picture. We crossed in during a tour on our way to Cook's Lobster House.

Thank APennero
Orrs Island, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The one-of-a-kind curbstone bridge connects Orr's Island and Bailey Island on the Harpswell Peninisula via Highway 24. This is the only bridge like it still in existence and is made of stacked locally-mined granite slabs with spaces to allow the tide to ebb and flow through. Wonderful area to kayak right under through "Will's Gut".

Thank Babs36
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

We have been visiting Bailey and Orrs islands for years. I never tire at the sight of the cobwork bridge. I'm amazed that these are giant blocks of granite stacked without any fasteners. The bridge has weathered all kinds of tides, temperatures and storms. From the water, the bridge is visually stunning. It's always been a treat to pass under... More 

Thank Outliz13
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

There were two in the world and the other was destroyed in a bombing raid during WWII in Europe. The current bridge was disassembled and rebuilt a few years ago exactly as originally constructed. It is a tribute to the way things were done that has lasted well past some of the "more modern" methods of construction. Well worht the... More 

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Kensington, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you are heading to Bailey Island and you don't own a boat, you are going to drive over this bridge modeled after one in Scotland. You are also more than likely going to stop and take one or more photos. The bridge is constructed of locally mined granite cribs (blocks) that allow the tide to ebb and flow freely.

Thank westie2
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The crib bridge that joins Orr's Island to great island is really neat...criss crossed layers of granite slabs...and a beautiful arched shape architecturally. We went to deliberately cross it several times just to see it multiple times over the course of our week stay on Bailey Island. I've never seen anything like it. Worth taking a good look at....allows the... More 

Thank T_Andrea2014
Garland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A very interesting little side trip and not that far from Hwy 1 in Brunswick. Great to walk on the bridge or walk along the side and observe the unique construction that allows the water to flow back and forth through the bridge itself. Also got to watch lobsters being placed into the cooker to become someone's excellent lobster roll... More 

Thank Robert M
Wethersfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is the only bridge like this in the world. Read the history, and walk over the bridge. Take breathtaking pictures at sunrise or sunset. One of my favorite places in Maine.

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Hilton, New York
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This bridge connects Bailey's Island to Harpswell Is. It is over a hundred years old and made of MASSIVE blocks of granite. It would probably be of little interest to young people and of most interest to someone with some engineering experience. To be appreciated, it should be seen from the water as the details are not visible from the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Beautiful and unique architecture, which was adapted from the usual bridge crossing due to the great currents in the area. Driving the bridge is scary, as it winds vs going straight, has a rise in the middle and has small travel lanes and no shoulders! Take care!!

Thank umapapaya

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