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Aug-2014

Owls Head Light State Park | A Wonderfully Historic Maine Family Day Trip

One of Maine’s most picturesque lighthouses.

Located high on top of a bluff near the South entrance of Rockland harbor is a beautiful Maine lighthouse. Owls Head Light State Park is one of Maine’s most historical protected areas. The lighthouse, which was built in 1825, was constructed of local brick and still stands strong today. Officially owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, Owls Head Lighthouse and its keeper’s house are still used for navigation by vessels in the area.

There are lots of legends surrounding this lighthouse–one of which involved a pair of lovers who were rescued by the lighthouse keeper after almost freezing to death, after their sail boat wrecked in the icy waters. This lighthouse seems to have a history of saving people from the perils of the unforgiving rocky Maine coastline and is probably why it is still in operation today.

The lighthouse was automated in 1989 and its upkeep is provided by the local chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights. The lighthouse is only available for tours on certain days of the year between the spring and fall season. If you would like to go up in the lighthouse it’s recommended that you call before visiting to make sure it is open.

The Owls Head Lighthouse is only 30 feet tall, but by placing it on the bluff it has a 100 foot focal point giving it plenty of views of the harbor. For many years, this lighthouse has been a beacon of hope on those cold Maine winter nights for many lost seafarers trying to find their way to safety.

If you are looking for a great place to take your family on a day trip and see one of Maine’s living history sites, this is the perfect location. Visitors of the park are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it while roaming around the grounds. One of the highlights of the park  is its amazing view of Rockland Harbor. Families will have a wonderful time walking along the rocky beach, located below the bluff.

Want to get some exercise while out with your family? Climbing the long and steep stairway from the keeper’s house to the lighthouse is a great way to get your cardio while having fun. A great location for wildlife watching, Owls Head Light State Park has a large bird population so remember to bring your camera. Many people love to relax on the beach in hopes of catching a glimpse of some of Maine’s most popular marine life.

A very old and historic cemetery is also located on the property and is a great opportunity to learn more about the people that once lived in this area of the state. A day or weekend visit to this state park can be a learning experience for the entire family. The area of Owls Head, Maine also has many other family-oriented opportunities and is a very beautiful part of the state. So if you are planning a short family vacation for this weekend, why not make Owls Head your destination of choice?

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