If you have a picture of Maine in your head, there’s a good chance it includes a lighthouse. These towers are some of the most memorable features of the Maine coast — and for good reason.
You likely think of lighthouses as surrounded by ocean as far as the eye can see, with waves crashing up against their sides. This isn’t always the case, though, and you can get an up close view of many of Maine’s 60+ beacons! Here’s a list of a dozen to visit on foot, starting from south to north.
NOTE: Some of Maine’s lighthouses are private property or active residences. Please respect signage and the privacy of lighthouse keepers!
Portland Head Light (Cape Elizabeth)
Maine’s first lighthouse is also one of its most recognizable. Located about 20 minutes from downtown Portland, PHL shares a park with Fort Williams, which was operational in World Wars I and II. Paths around the park offer spectacular views of the ocean and the lighthouse, and it is easily one of the most photographed spots in the state of Maine.
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse (South Portland)
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse overlooks Casco Bay, just outside of the city of Portland. A short breakwater made of large pieces of granite leads out to the lighthouse, making the lighthouse a popular destination around the Portland area.
Bug Light (South Portland)
Just around the corner from Spring Point Ledge sits Bug Light, a similar lighthouse surrounded by a lovely coastal park. Situated at the entrance to Portland Harbor, Bug Light Park is a great place to take in the Portland skyline or watch ships come into and out of Maine’s largest city.
Pemaquid Point Light (Bristol)
Located at the end of one of Maine’s long peninsulas, Pemaquid Point Light is surrounded by some of Maine’s most unique coastal rock features. It’s an amazing place for a picnic or just to enjoy the Maine coast.
Admission: $3 for adults, children 11 and under free
Monhegan Island Light
At the heart of one of Maine’s most remote islands sits Monhegan Island Light, one of the highest lighthouses in Maine by elevation. It’s also the home of the Monhegan Museum, which serves as a collection of island history.
Marshall Point Light (Port Clyde)
Perhaps best known for its appearance in Forrest Gump, Marshall Point Light offers a lovely view of the ocean and a picturesque raised walkway. At low tide, carefully venture out onto the rocks for some unique perspectives of the lighthouse!
Owls Head Lighthouse
Though it’s not one of Maine’s most famous lighthouses, Owls Head might be one of the most fun. Walk the steep staircase up to the tower for some sweeping, panoramic views of the ocean just outside of Rockland.
Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light
It takes some effort to reach Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light, but the journey is worth it. Located at the end of a one-mile granite breakwater, the lighthouse guides sailboats, ships, and fairies safely into this mid-coast community.
For more about the walk to the lighthouse, see our article on Maine’s most memorable mile!
Grindle Point Light (Islesboro)
While you’re waiting for the ferry back to the mainland on this island in Penobscot Bay, take a few minutes to enjoy Grindle Point Light. The island tower is adjacent to the ferry terminal and offers a nice view of the mainland and Camden Hills.
Fort Point Light (Stockton Springs)
If you’re visiting the Bangor area, the lighthouse closest to you is located just before Penobscot Bay becomes the Penobscot River. Fort Point State Park offers a peaceful opportunity to relax or picnic with a Maine lighthouse in view.
Admission: Fort Point State Park entrance fees apply
Bass Harbor Head Light
If there were a competition for Maine’s most iconic lighthouse, Bass Harbor Head Light would be in the finals. Located on the quieter western side of Mount Desert Island, BHHL is truly one of the gems of Acadia National Park. Get a close up view of the light by walking the path to its right, or take the trail and staircase down to the rocks to see one of the most archetypal Maine coast views. (It’s also one of the best spots in the state to catch a sunset.)
Admission: Acadia National Park pass required
West Quoddy Head Light (Lubec)
When you’ve driven east until you’ve reached the end of the United States, you’ll find yourself at West Quoddy Head. The beacon at America’s easternmost point is one of the first places in the country to see the sun rise, and its recognizable red and white striped tower is a must-see on any list of Maine’s lighthouses.
Admission: Quoddy Head State Park entrance fees apply
Enjoy your trip to Maine’s lighthouses!