Schoodic Head - Acadia National Park
Schoodic Head is the highest point in Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine. At 440 feet (134 meters), it provides spectacular views of the trees on the peninsula, Frenchman Bay to the West with its many islands, and of course, the majestic Mount Desert Island including Cadillac Mountain and the shores of Bar Harbor. It is in the town of Winter Harbor in Hancock County and is referred to as being in Down East Maine. From the summit, there are two lighthouses in view on the western side. Mark Island Lighthouse is relatively close. Egg Rock Light Station is closer to Mount Desert Island. Both are in the municipality of Winter Harbor. The photo above is a view of Schoodic Peninsula and Schoodic Head taken at sunrise from Gorham Mountain Trail on Mount Desert Island.
Schoodic Head Summit GPS: 44.3507, -68.05294
As you approach West Pond Cove while driving south on the Schoodic Loop Road, you will note a single lane dirt and gravel road on the left simply called Mountain Road. This winds up the slope until it reaches the summit of Schoodic Head. If you drive, please drive slowly and watch for other vehicles and people hiking or biking along the road.
Mountain Road Entrance GPS: 44.346022, -68.066692
The commanding view from Schoodic Head is well worth the trek. On a good weather day, it can be a very peaceful setting. There is a small parking area without any Park amenitie.
Note: All Park visitors are required to pay an entrance fee, or to already have a valid entrance pass. A valid entrance pass covers all occupants in the same non-commercial vehicle. The pass may be purchased in the Welcome Center at Rockefeller Hall at Schoodic Institute Monday - Friday during normal business hours. You may also purchase entrance passes online, or at other locations on Mount Desert Island prior to your visit. See Entrance Passes.
Schoodic Head on Schoodic Peninsula
Unlike Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, there are not any mountains where one can get on high ground to get commanding panoramic views of the ocean, the islands, or the land below. The only place close to this experience is from Schoodic Head, accessed from the Schoodic Loop Road on the western side of the peninsula. What Schoodic Peninsula provides is up-close and personal experiences of the ocean and the rocky coast of Maine from sunrise to sunset. Still, once in a while we just got to have some higher elevation experience. This is where Schoodic head comes in, and walks away with a prize!