Cranberry Point - Corea, Maine
The Cranberry Point area is a beautiful section of the village of Corea, Maine where you have a clear view of the Gulf of Maine where there is often some nice wave action. To the east are several small islands including Western Island. Wild roses grow close to the road and next to the shoreline.
Cranberry Point is only about 8 miles from the entrance to the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park and only about 5.5 miles from the Park's exit. This is actually part of the Down East municipality of Gouldsboro in Hancock County. View the Schoodic map to see how to get there. Note that the Point itself is on private land. A small local viewing area is to the northeast immediately after the road curves to the right with the ocean on the left.
Cranberry Point GPS: 44.385345, -67.982443
How to Get There
From coastal U.S. Route 1 (on the Ellsworth side), take a right onto Maine State Highway 195 south, crossing Route 186 in Prospect Harbor. At this point, 195 takes a more easterly direction until arriving in Corea. Be sure to drive slowly as you are in a very small coastal community with narrow winding roads. (If you came along U.S. Route 1 from the eastern part of Maine, take a left onto Route 186 then a left onto 195 in Prospect Harbor.) Continue south through Corea for about a mile. If starting your drive after leaving Acadia National Park's Schoodic Peninsula, take a right in Birch Harbor onto Highway 186 then a right in Prospect Harbor onto Highway 195. While in Prospect Harbor (also part of Gouldsboro), take note of the lighthouse in the harbor.
Undiscovered Schoodic Area
I am compelled to admit that I feel somewhat guilty about revealing Cranberry Point to everyone who arrives at this web page. The reason is simple. I know what a special hidden away place this is. Locals, and those generations with roots in the area, know this as well and often visit here. It is one of those coastal temples where one stands or sits in silence while watching the incoming waves, hearing the sounds, and smelling the salty air. I can justify its revelation by imagining that I have just turned a friend onto it. Enjoy!