Village of South Gouldsboro, Maine Sign

South Gouldsboro, Maine

The Village of South Gouldsboro, Maine is located on the western side of Gouldsboro Peninsula about four miles south of U.S. Coastal Route One. It is a small fishing village on the Schoodic Scenic Byway, midway between West Gouldsboro on the north side and Winter Harbor to the south. The western shore faces Frenchman Bay and Mount Desert Island which is only about 4.5 miles across the bay. Schoodic Peninsula, home to the only part of Acadia National Park on the mainland, covers the whole southern part of the peninsula.

South Gouldsboro, along with the villages of Birch Harbor, Corea, Prospect Harbor, and West Gouldsboro, are all part of the municipality of Gouldsboro. Essentially, these are, or have been, the various distinct fishing villages within Gouldsboro. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this covers a total area (land and water) of 100.8 sq. miles (261 sq. km) with 45.7% or 46.1 sq. miles (119.4 sq. km) of this being land which also includes Stave Island and Long Porcupine Island.

South Gouldsboro GPS: 44.429931, -68.109050

More History:

Gouldsboro was incorporated on February 16, 1789. Later in the same year, on June 25, the county name was changed to Hancock from the County of Lincoln. The areas that are currently covered by Winter Harbor, were once part of Gouldsboro until 1895 when they were annexed. One of the really surprising facts is how far west Gouldsboro covers. Look at the little map provided here. The municipality reaches from the shores of South Gouldsboro all the way over to Bar island which is the little green island directly north of Bar Harbor.

This section of the State is referred to as “Down East Maine.” Gouldsboro plays a significant part in the story.

Gouldsboro History Origin of Down East

Location map of West Gouldsboro, Maine
Fishing Operation in Bunkers Harbor, South Gouldsboro
View of Mount Desert Island Bunkers Cove in South Gouldsboro, Maine
South Gouldsboro view of Cadillac Mountain at Bunkers Cove


  • 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

South Gouldsboro - A Gem on the Coast

Greg A. Hartford, photographer, author, publisherThe visual highlight of the Village of South Gouldsboro, and the center of fishing activities there, resides at Bunkers Cove. The scene that opens up as you drive down the short and narrow Shore Road is quite striking. There is a gorgeous view of Cadillac Mountain in the distance with fishing docks in the foreground that make for some great props. Be sure to be mindful that this is a small community with children. It is not meant to accommodate tourists and other visitors.