Birch Harbor, Gouldsboro, Maine
Birch Harbor, Maine is a small fishing village that is part of the municipality of Gouldsboro along with Corea, Prospect Harbor, South Gouldsboro, and West Gouldsboro. It is located to the east of Winter Harbor on Route 186 and just west of Corea and Cranberry Point. Gouldsboro, located in Hancock County, became incorporated in February 16, 1789. To the south is Bunkers Harbor, which is part of the village. If you have driven all the way through Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Loop Road and have exited the Park, Birch Harbor is at the stop sign where the road reaches Route 186after driving in a northerly direction. There is a small store and gas station on the right and the U.S. Post Office on the left.
Birch Harbor GPS: 44.389390, -68.039942
Exiting the Park:
If you visited the Schoodic Peninsula portion of Acadia National Park, you reached Birch Harbor at the point where you exited the Park and returned to Route 186 on the peninsula. At this intersection, you take a left to return to Winter Harbor then a right on 186 to reach U.S. Coastal Route 1 on the mainland (if heading west to the Ellsworth area or returning to Mount Desert Island). If you are traveling to other eastern Maine points such as Machias or Eastport, take a right at Birch Harbor and continue on Route 186 until you reach Coastal U.S. Route 1 where you wouldthen take a right to head further Downeast.
- Birch Harbor Post Office: (207) 963-7652
3 East Schoodic Dr, Birch Harbor, ME 04613
- Gouldsboro Town Office: (207) 963-5589
Town Manager, 59 Main St., Prospect Harbor, ME 04669
- Gouldsboro Historical Society: Website
- Fire Department: (207) 963-5589
- Police Department: Day Phone: (207) 963-5589; Night: (207) 667-7575; Emergencies: Dial 911
After Visiting the Park
After spending several hours in Acadia National Park at Schoodic Peninsula, you may need some refreshments or gas for your vehicle. Thankfully, there is a small marketplace shortly after existing the Park on your right where the road meets Route 186. As of this writing, it sells Citgo gas. To the left just before the stop sign is a small diner or restaurant next to the US Post Office. Note that the Post Office has very limited hours, usually 11:45 AM to 3:45 PM Monday through Friday except on the usual holidays. From here, you only have to decide where you want to explore next.