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Quoddy Head Light State Park Maine on $20 a day

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Quoddy Head State Park turns out to be my favorite hiking experience of the trip. It costs only three dollars per person to visit. We park one hundred feet from the trail head, right near the bathrooms, putting us on the oceanfront path in just five minutes. Extraordinary views overwhelm us immediately.

  maine state park lobster-boats

Above: Lobster boat fisherman bring in the spiny beasts just offshore.

cliffs in quoddy head lighthouse state park in maine

quoddy head cliff views of ocean

We carefully tread along the cliff walks and bluffs, out over grassy outcroppings, onto sandy paths. Sometimes we venture off and down below to explore stony beaches and deep dark green forest. It’s fun on the spongy algae green upland trails beneath the bright clear blue sky.

rocky beaches in maine at quoddy

It is affordable, stunning, and easy to do even with small children (though I would keep them very close due to the shear cliffs). Quoddy is a great example of how a properly laid out and managed state park can offer quality and value rivaling a big national park.

lighthouse in maine on atlantic ocean at quoddy

We enjoy the short walk around the lighthouse and visitors center, but it’s the trails that make this place so special. We meet and talk with numerous locals and tourists along these long walks, and heartily exchange travel and every day living stories.

beaches from the hiking cliffs on maines coast

Supposedly you can see whales, seals, and porpoises offshore but we never see any signs of them. As native Floridians we are surprised how much cooler it is here on the coastal cliffs than inland. It has to be at least fifteen degrees cooler, and we love it.

Quoddy Head Light State Park Maine beaches

lighthouse from rocky beach in maine

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