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West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
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West Quoddy Head Lighthouse is located in Lubec, Maine. It is the eastern most lighthouse in the US. Known for its famous red and white candy stripes. The lighthouse sits atop a cliff overlooking the Bay of Fundy. The lighthouse is a part of the Quoddy Head State Park which is a 481 acre peninsula that juts out into the Grand Manan Channel. There are seaside cliffs that rise 50-150 feet. A are a few small beaches to enjoy at the park.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1809 and is 49 feet high. The lighthouse is made of brick and has two windows. There are eight red strips alternating with seven white strips. The base is 16 feet and narrows to 14 feet at the top. The lighthouse became automated in 1988 and is still used today. The lens is about 5 1/2 feet tall and flashes 24 hours a day in a sequence of 2 seconds on and 2 seconds off. The lighthouse it self is not open except on occasion.
The park is owned and managed by the Maine Department of Conservation's Bureau of Parks and Lands. There is a small fee to park for the day. Visitors can hike along the coastal trails or visit an inland trail that features a bog. There are approximately 6 miles of trails to explore while at the park.
If you are making the trip to Acadia National Park Lubec is only about a two hour drive and well worth the trip. The park offers scenic views of the cliffs of Grand Manan Island and the Bay of Fundy, with huge tides that range from 20-28 feet. This region is known for it fog. This section along the Atlantic coast if know by sailors to be one of the foggiest. But on a clear day you can see for miles! Also while your in the area bring your passport for a trip to Campobello Island you will not be disappointed.
Known as the Sunrise County, you will want to arrive early to capture the sunrise but it is photogenic anytime of the day. This is one of the most photographed and recognizable lighthouses in Maine.
November 12th, 2011
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