DownEast Acadia Visitor Guidebook 2019 True Maine Visitor Guidebook - Page 9

The Bold Coast A coastline shaped by the movement of vast glaciers and the unrelenting might of an ocean that time left behind to define TRUE MAINE. Hiking along Quoddy Head As you travel through DownEast Acadia, you’ll discover its environmental and scenic diversity. Some of our most magnificent views are in plain sight —at Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor, from a bench at Bad Little Falls Park in Machias, or from an outdoor eatery in downtown Eastport. More hidden spots are well worth the hike in—the Great Wass Island Preserve trail in Beals or Cutler Coast Trail. A steep but short hike up Pigeon Hill Mountain in Steuben, the tallest point on the Bold Coast, offers panoramic ocean views, and Tunk Mountain provides a 360 perspective of the entire region. Bring your passport to enjoy the coastal trails on Campobello Island, New Brunswick. But it’s not just about views on the coast. Take for example a swim from Schoppe Point beach at Roque Bluffs State Park. A dip here is a delight; in summer, you can emerge from the brisk Gulf of Maine and moments later hop into a sun-warmed freshwater pond. Wanna go off the grid? Head to the 11,000-acre expanse of the Rocky Lake Public Land near East Machias. Or hire a guide and head out on the water from Jonesport, Eastport, or Milbridge and cruise along the coastline to see all that the Bold Coast of Maine has to offer. As you make your way to our nation’s easternmost point–Quoddy Head Lighthouse–you should stop off at the Cutler Coast Trails (nearly 30 miles of trails here) in the Cutler where peaceful meadows, cobblestone beaches, and steep rocky cliffs show yet another bold side of the coast. Long and rugged coast With over 2,300 miles of coastline­— which includes islands—DownEast Acadia­— boasts the longest expanse of coast of any region in Maine, or even along the Eastern seaboard. Just north of Cutler the Gulf of Maine meets up with the Bay of Fundy, a mysterious and storied place with wicked high tides, friendly sea-weathered towns like Eastport, and fantastic examples of nature’s awesome power, like the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere, called the Old Sow. The diversity and wonder in all of this are that there are dozens if not hundreds of other places up and down the our bold and rugged coastline to be experienced. Each one reminding you to always be ready with your camera as the light can change pretty fast around here. TRUE MAINE | 7