Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

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Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Since it’s time to depart Camden, let’s stray from hiking to visit some other Maine attractions.  When you come to visit it is inevitable you will be seduced by the charm of lighthouses.  There are so many, each possessing a unique architecture, setting and history.  One of my favorites is Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.


The setting for Pemaquid is likely what endears it to me.  The lighthouse is fairly petite, but the whitewashed exterior stands out brilliantly along a stretch of the classic rocky coastline Maine is renowned for.  Before there were children, my wife and I would spontaneously pack a lunch and drive here on a Sunday afternoon to sit in the rocks below the lighthouse and read.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - most people don't venture down to the rocks beneath the lighthouse, but it is a beautiful spot!
  The shoreline at Pemaquid is an expanse of granite that is seductive.  There is nothing quite so refreshing as stretching out with the salt air and sounds of a relentlessly pounding surf.


They tell me there is a museum inside the lighthouse, although I’ve never seen any hint of it.  Of course the last time I visited was circa 1998…and they also tell me times change.  But there is no need for anything beyond this killer combination of lighthouse and rocky coast, which simply cries “Maine”.


If you are interested in visiting this beautiful spot, Pemaquid is roughly ten miles south of Damariscotta off of Route 1.  Just turn onto 129 (which turns into 130) and keep going to the sea.  This peninsula jutting out into Muscongus Bay is replete with pastoral scenery and it will seem crowded at first when you finally arrive at the lighthouse.  But it shouldn’t take long to realize there are only another dozen people about – there just wasn’t anybody around since you left Damariscotta!


Since you are driving it hardly bears mentioning, but please be aware that there weren’t any gas stations or convenience stores beyond Bristol (the sole wee village you pass through past Damariscotta) ten years ago.  You aren’t far from facilities, but there ain’t a thing at the lighthouse but serenity and natural beauty…

Petra2111 says:
Beautiful!!!I love lighthouses!
Posted on: Feb 06, 2009
princeza_9 says:
I've heard great things about the lighthouse and the area. I want to go there once I'm stateside again. Nice blog and pics!
Posted on: Feb 10, 2008
vances says:
Had to revisit your Portland blog and refresh my memory...I vaguely recalled that you had been out in Muscongous on a kayak. Let me know if you plan on returning to Maine --- have friends who can take you on some great trips!

Some day I'll add a review to the Acadia entry. Mount Dessert is a great place to kayak and we paddled out to Long Island to camp out once...there are actually some buffalo living on this island, in Maine!!!
Posted on: Feb 09, 2008
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Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
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