Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

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JBH
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I'm just not sure how to review this. Nothing was as I expected to be honest.

I guess I'll start with the lighthouse itself. It is a working lighthouse and a coast guard family lives in it. You can view the lighthouse up close by going to the path to the right. The path to the right takes you through a wooden area down wooden steps and out onto the rocky shore for the view in the description. The parking lot is small. We found a spot, but it may have been because of the timeframe and that we arrived (about 1 1/2 hours before sunset).

We wanted to visit to see the much-coveted sunset. You really cannot see the sunset in the summer. When the sun is in a different place (I think fall), you have a better view. There were a lot of people, but really that wouldn't have been so bad. Everyone wanted a better view because you couldn't see the sunset, so people would stand. That really doesn't give them a better view and it blocks the sky from those that are sitting in the back. To get a front row seat, you'd probably have to arrive in the afternoon or early evening and perch in your spot for the duration.

It is a beautiful spot and I'd recommend taking it in before the crowd comes for sunset, unless you are visiting at the peak viewing season and during that time you'll want to wear lots of layers!
Written July 26, 2022
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KnitsbyConnie
MA428 contributions
We arrived to a short car line to enter the parking lot. Once parked, we took the interpretive short walk to the the side of the lighthouse, then walked back up the path to the short trail to the rocky, did I say rocky rocks on the other side of the light house. You need to scamper and scoot yourselves over the rocks as you explore the area. The view of the waters is another must see sight. The rain had cleared so we had wonderful sunlight reflecting off the water, and back lighting the area.
Written July 7, 2022
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963sris
62 contributions
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is located in Southwest Harbor , Maine. It is located very close to the Ship Harbor trail and is built on top of a rocky cliff. This place has very limited parking , may be closer to 25 cars and you sometimes have to wait closer to 30 minutes to find a spot. The best place to take good pictures is to walk down the steps to the left of parking lot (if your car is facing the ocean) and then do some rock scrambling to get a great view of the lighthouse from below. Walking towards right side gets you closer to the lighthouse . Watch out for slippery rocks when they are wet. Views of the ocean are stunning and well worth the wait. The public is not allowed inside the lighthouse.
Written July 18, 2021
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Cac1234
Germantown, NY2,085 contributions
In my opinion Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is definitely over-rated. Parking was an issue because the lot is small and cars were waiting in line for others to leave. We thought that it must be a great lighthouse. Well, in order to see the "best" side one must go down steps from the left or far end of the lot, climb out onto a rocky ledge and lean over very far to get a glimpse. It's not worth all the hassle and could be dangerous. We tried approaching from the beginning or right side of the lot but only could see the back of the lighthouse and some old bells. If one takes a boat tour it would be easy to see from the water but I wouldn't go on a tour simply to see this particular lighthouse.
Written June 20, 2022
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Ann Z
Phoenixville, PA56 contributions
This is a beautiful lighthouse but can really only be enjoyed if you are able to climb out and pull yourself onto the rocks below. We were able to enjoy and take great pictures but it took some climbing. If you are not sure-footed I would recommend other lighthouses in Maine with easier jetties. The parking is also really difficult - only about 25 spaces so it is one in and one out at a time. We were there on a weekday afternoon around 4pm at the end of September and had to wait about 20 minutes to get into the lot.
Written October 3, 2021
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TravelGlober
New York City, NY69 contributions
Family
My family and I went there to watch the sunset as being recommended in Pinterest blogs . However you wouldn't be able to watch the sunset and were disappointed. The path is rocky and many people go around to find a spot and hoping to see the sunset. The photo that I posted was taken at around 8PM and the sun is behind the light house and decided to leave. The parking lot is so small about 30ish and when we left, there were 18 cars waiting and like us hoping for the sunset view.

Written July 9, 2022
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JenniferandAlan
Easton, PA610 contributions
My husband and I visited Acadia in early May off season to avoid the summer crowds. Of course Bass Harbor Light was one of our stops. Although it is not on the park loop road, don't miss this iconic lighthouse which says Maine in a nutshell. It was built in 1858 on the southwestern point of Mount Desert Island. There is a parking lot close to the lighthouse and there are two trails to take you close to the lighthouse. When facing the lighthouse and ocean, if you take the handicapped accessible trail to your right you can actually touch the lighthouse tower and see the keepers house. If you take the trail to your left through a wooded area to a series of steps, you can see the lighthouse and the rocky coast. If you climb down onto the rocks, you can get the famous picture of the rocky coast with the lighthouse perched above. Enjoy!
Written May 23, 2021
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EJW3
Southold, NY735 contributions
Family
This is a picturesque lighthouse, but unless you are already nearby, it’s not worth a special trip. There is very limited parking, crowds, and not much of anything to see or to do there. The building is still occupied by a “light keeper” and most of the property around the lighthouse is private and closed to the public. The best view is from the beach located down the trail to the left.
Written July 6, 2021
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Taylor W
Davisburg, MI669 contributions
Couples
My husband and I drove out to see this lighthouse while visiting Acadia.

If you take the path down to the right of the lighthouse it takes you right up close, but it’s not a great view for photos etc.

If you go down the trail to the left of the lighthouse it’ll take you through a quick walk through the woods and then to a cliff side, if you scale your way down the cliffs / rocks you will get a great view of the lighthouse and can take some awesome photos.
Written July 3, 2022
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Trisha
Fair Lawn, NJ443 contributions
The Bass Harbor Head Light Station is located in Tremont, Maine, marking the entrance to Bass Harbor and Blue Hill Bay on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island. Be advised that the parking lot is very small here and the wait time to get parking spot can be long specially if you are coming here near to sunset time. We had to scramble down large boulders and rocks by the water to get to see the sunset or a good view of the shoreline. It can be dangerous since the rocks and boulders by the water are slippery from the seaweeds and water.
Written March 4, 2021
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