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Schoodic National Scenic Byway

Proposed Rand McNally Tour
There's a lot to see on the Schoodic National Scenic Byway. This is a sample tour with ten stops, but there's a lot to see between these notable locations.
1 Taunton Bay Taunton Bay Gateway to the Schoodic Byway: Marked by a big granite monument in the form of Schoodic Mountain, this was the location of the Waukeag Rail Station from 1898 to 1920. This site overlooks Taunton Bay, a rich ecosystem with plentiful wildlife, interpretive information, and scenic views. Start your byway adventure here. Taunton Bay Interpretation
2 Gordon's Wharf Gordon's Wharf Once a site for shipping large blocks of Sullivan Granite to Boston, the wharf is being renovated to include a small boat launch, interpretive information, environmental education center and more. Loading Granite
3 Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay The Frenchman Bay Scenic Turnout offers visitors spectacular views across the bay to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Interpretive information describes regional history, fishing practices and recreational opportunities. Aerial View of MDI
4 Long Cove Long Cove Stop here for a picnic as the tide ebbs to reveal mud flats rich in clams and fishing worms. The shore features rocks etched by glaciers 10,000 years ago. Long Cove
5 Jones Pond Jones Pond is a scenic freshwater pond with a town park and boating access. Visitors come to play in the water, paddle canoes and enjoy quiet picnics. A great spot for the kids to play. Jones Pond
6 West Gouldsboro West Gouldsboro features the 1909 Tudor style West Gouldsboro Library and the 1888 Queen Anne style West Gouldsboro Baptist Church. Two historic, architectural sites in one stop! West Gouldsboro Library
7 Winter Harbor Winter Harbor Town Dock Just two blocks from town is Winter Harbor's working waterfront. Lobster boats depart early in the morning and return with their catch in the mid-afternoon. Lobstering in Winter Harbor
8 Frazer Point Frazer Point Frazer Point is the gateway to the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park and is a great location for relaxing and recreating. Bring your kayak. Please leash your dog. Kids Play at Frazer Point
9 Schoodic Point Schoodic Point is a dramatic experience, particularly when the surf is high. Visitors can wander the granite shore and contemplate the scenic views across Frenchman Bay to Mount Desert Island. Beware of slippery rocks and powerful waves. Schoodic Point
10 Prospect Harbor Prospect Harbor This is the eastern gateway for the Schoodic National Scenic Byway. The village includes a working harbor, lighthouse, café and library. The community hosts performances and art events. Information on arts events is at Fishing Boats at Prospect Harbor



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The Schoodic Byway is your chance to enjoy this region’s unique historic, scenic and recreational opportunities. Whether you are seeking the excitement of kayaking through sea spray, hiking the Maine woods, paddling clear lakes, or searching out the ambience of a small New England sea-side village, (sitting quietly atop a rocky perch, watching lobster boats pulling in their catch), the Schoodic region is a treat. At night experience a brilliant star lit sky, the call of loons across the water and a hearty lobster dinner.

You will see tidal falls that reverse direction every six hours, historic architecture, piers piled high with lobster traps, clammers working knee deep in mud, and a largely undiscovered portion of Acadia National Park. Shop in country stores, galleries and antique shops; buy bread from local bakers, sample the catch-of-the-day, go fishing and catch your own, or rent a bicycle or kayak to tour Acadia and surroundings.

The earliest inhabitants were small groups of Indians who settled here several thousand years ago. Historians and architects will enjoy the preserved rural character of the Schoodic area. There are more than 20 lighthouses in downeast Maine and some of the most noteworthy are found right here. Local inns and bed and breakfasts are themselves registered historic buildings reviewed in Downeast and Yankee magazines.

Fishing, lumbering, shipbuilding, small-scale gold and silver mining, and granite quarrying played an important role in this area’s development. Fishing and boat building continue to dominate the Schoodic economy and culture to this day.