Acadia – Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Acadia National Park | Maine Parks

Built in 1858 the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse stands 56 feet above the mean high water level. The tower itself is 32 feet high. Some other buildings include the keeper’s house that was also built in 1858. An oil house built in 1902 is still standing as well as a 1905 barn.  Ask us about Downeast Maine Vacations or share comments. To feature your Maine business, contact us.

Acadia National Park: Bass Harbor Light



The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. Located on the west side of the island this lighthouse has some short trails with beautiful views. The grounds are open to the public but the lighthouse itself is not. This is because the lighthouse is currently a private residence for the commander of the local Coast Guard. The Tremont Historical Society has been known to give occasional tours for those who are interested.  Acadia National Park is actually a collection of Maine islands that make up the park itself. Learn more about the various islands. The highest peak on Mount Desert Island is called Cadillac Mountain. Learn more about Maine Lighthouses.

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Activities In Acadia National Park

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. Located on the west side of the island this lighthouse has some short trails with beautiful views.

Cadillac Mountain

Many consider Cadillac Mountain to be the first spot in the United States to see the sunrise every morning. The theory being that due to it’s height sunlight hits the top of Cadillac Mountain before reaching any other point in the United States. Cadillac Mt. Maine

Camping In Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a great place to camp. There are some camp sites located within the park and many other Maine campgrounds nearby. Acadia Maine Campgrounds

Acadia National Park Islands

Acadia National Park is actually a collection of islands – Mt. Desert Island, Isle au Haut, St. Croix Island International Historic Site, and the Cranberry Isles – which make up the park. Downeast Maine Islands

Acadia National Park Museums

Acadia has several interesting museums in the park, including the Islesford Historical Museum and the Sieur de Monts Nature Center. Acadia National Park Museums

Acadia National Park Visitor Centers

Acadia National Park Headquarters / Winter Visitor Center
Open all year
Hours vary

Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Open seasonally
Hours vary

Thompson Island Information Center
Open seasonally
Hours vary

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