Winter Harbor

Winter Harbor is a city in Maine.

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Winter Harbor is approximately 20 miles from Ellsworth (Rt. 1 north to Rt. 186) on the beautiful Schoodic Peninsula.

Just under an hour by car from Bar Harbor village and the Mt. Desert section of Acadia National Park.

Approximately 1.5 hours from Bangor.

Approximately 20 miles from Milbridge.

This friendly peninsula is a favorite of hikers, bicyclists, kayakers and those who enjoy exploring by car. During summer the free Island Explorer bus travels the loop from Winter Harbor village (next to the Winter Harbor 5 & 10) to the marina (where it meets each arrival/departure of the passenger ferry from Bar Harbor), Frazer Point, Schoodic Point, Birch Harbor, Prospect Harbor and back to Winter Harbor.

Acadia National Park, Schoodic Point section, Winter Harbor, Maine. Less crowded than the Mount Desert section of Acadia National Park, the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park is often said to be the most beautiful. Many prefer this quieter and less touristed part of the park. No fee is collected but there is an information booth along the Schoodic Loop Road. People, even the locals, gravitate to Schoodic Point to watch some of the most impressive surf and sea spray in Acadia NP, especially when there’s a storm at sea. Views from the top of Schoodic Head are impressive. There are hiking trails to the top of Schoodic Head, or one can drive up, park then make the short walk to the highest point for gorgeous views. Frazer Point Picnic area is one of the first attractions visitors encounter on the Schoodic Loop Road, with its ooeanside picnic tables and grills (be sure to explore along the water to the left and right of the main lawn so you don’t miss the picnic tables and grills tucked away waterside in private little grottoes.) Frazer Point and Schoodic Point both offer clean restrooms with flush toilets. NOTE: Take seriously the signs warning visitors not to take rocks out of the park; rangers can and do stop and fine people who fall in love with and try to take home with them the smooth, pink, gray and white granite rorks. Visotors (and bikes) during summer can travel between Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor on the passenger ferry (access at Winter Harbor Marina on Sargent St. and the pier in front of the Bar Harbor Inn). From the marina in Winter Harbor (during high summer) one can ride the free Island Explorer bus that travels a loop through the Schoodic Loop Road, with stops along the way (or just let the driver know you want to disembark or board at any point), to Prospect Harbor and Winter Harbor village. Much of the Schoodic Loop Road is one way (2 lanes) with pullouts, making it bicycle friendly and easy for cars to stop along the way every time there is breathtaking scenery that warrants a better and longer look. So be prepared to pull over often.

  • Winter Harbor Light (Schoonic Scenic Byway, south of ME 186.). This 1856 lighthouse is located on Mark Island. It can be viewed from the Schoonic Scenic Byway on the west side of Schoonic Point in Acadia National Park. 

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