This is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse itself is easily accessible to children or the disabled, but do be aware that the best views of this iconic lighthouse are from the rocks down the steep stairs from the parking lot (to the left of the lighthouse when facing the water). That's where all of the famous pictures of Bass Harbor Head Light were taken (including the one I took attached to this review). Do be warned that the rocks can be treacherous: they are sharp, uneven, often damp and, thus, very slippery. If you are nimble on your feet, wear appropriate shoes and go slowly. Small children and people with disabilities should avoid trying to negotiate the rocks. It is very easily to sustain a serious injury if you're not careful as there are no handrails or steps near the water where the best views are found.
For those who are not able to negotiate the rocks near the water, there is easy access to the lighthouse itself via a paved path leading directly to the light tower. Be aware that the lighthouse is in current service with the US Coast Guard and therefore is not open for tours. However, merely sitting near the lighthouse at sunset, listening to the bell buoys, and watching the distinctive red light wink on and off is worth the trip. Remember that during the warm months, the mosquitoes can be merciless during and shortly after sunset. Be ready with repellent and/or long sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat.
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