Schoodic Peninsular

Schoodic Peninsular from Oak Hill

The Schoodic Peninsular forms the eastern boundary of Frenchman Bay. The southern third of the Schoodic Peninsular is a part of Acadia National Park. The hill shown just above center in the photograph above is Schoodic Head at an elevation of 440 feet (134 meters) above sea level.  There is also a small hill southeast of Schoodic Head called The Anvil. There is a picnic area at Frazer Point near the park entrance. Just south of the picnic area, the road becomes one way and follows the east, south and west shoreline of the Schoodic Peninsular. This road is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) long. There are fire roads leading to Schoodic Head about half way along the one-way road and trailheads for Schoodic Head and The Anvil are at the southeast corner of the peninsular.

There are excellent views of Mount Desert Island and other islands as one travels along the park road. Schoodic Head provides some high views as well. This area of Acadia National Park is often overlooked by visitors. However, it is an excellent area to visit for at least a couple of hours and will give the visitor a better understanding of the northern Maine coast. The following photograph was taken from the edge of the picnic area at Frazer Point.

 

Frazer Point

Further along the road, Mount Desert Island can be seen across Frenchman Bay.

View of Mount Desert Island from Frazer Point

Schoodic Head at 440 feet (134 meters) provides some sensational views of Frenchman Bay.

Frenchman Bay as seen from Schoodic Head

The following photograph is the view from Schoodic Head looking northeast.

View from Schoodic Head

The next photograph shows Schoodic Harbor.

Schoodic Harbor

The Schoodic Education and Research Center is at the southern tip of the Peninsular on Big Moose Island. The following photograph shows the Atlantic Ocean from Schoodic Point on Big Moose Island near the Schoodic Education and Research Center. Big Moose Island appears to be connected to Schoodic Peninsular because it is so close to the peninsular so as to make the transition from the peninsular to the island virtually imperceptible.

Big Moose Island at Schoodic Peninsular

Schoodic Peninsular is between the towns of Winter Harbor and Birch Harbor on the Maine Coast. From the City of Ellsworth, go north on US Route 1. Turn south on State Route 186 at West Gouldsboro to the Town of Winter Harbor. Stay on State Route 186 through Winter Harbor and follow the signs to Acadia National Park.

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