The alternating red-striped West Quoddy Lighthouse has one of the more colorful daymarks around and its setting, overlooking Sail Rock, supposedly THE easternmost chunk of the U.S., is lovely.
You can visit the lighthouse grounds (the tower itself is not open to the public), geographic marker, museum, and outbuldings in less than an hour, but the East Quoddy State Park that surrounds it offers a spectacular 4-mile coastal walk and picnic sites that afford great views of the rocky coast and the cliffs of Grand Manan, Canada, across the sound. There are also shorter woodland trail variations, including one over a rare tundra bog. The Park was uncrowded even in late July. It's supposed to have a spectacular sunrise, but the light was fog-shrouded during our lone dawn visit -- and the park itself isn't open until 9 AM in summer.
There's a small store/museum in the 1858 keeper's house, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Memorial Day through mid-October. The 20-30 minute drive from Lubec is good with great views of the Lubec Flats and Fundy Bay and there's parking at the top of the hill or by the picnic areas.
There is a fully accessible restroom at the lighthouse and privies elsewhere, but no food or water. The closest food places are in Lubec. The closest overnight accommodation is a lodge and cabins (reviewed separately) at the old Coast Guard station about five minutes away. The The Easternmost Souvenir Shop, just past the Coast Guard Station, is worth a detour, with clever locally-made items mixed in with the usual teeshirts and imported tchotchkes.
And why "West" Quoddy, if it's the easternmost lighthouse? Because the classic Canadian "East" Quoddy Light (reviewed separately) is a few miles north, at the opposite tip of Campobello Island.
If you have your passports, you can visit both lighthouses in an easy circular daytrip from either Lubec via the International Bridge or Eastport via the one-stop Deer Island ferry (especially if the Fundy tides are changing) have tea with Eleanor at the FDR Peace Park, lunch or dinner at the Family Fish Restaurant in Campobello and be back at your starting point before dark.
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