Parks & Recreation

Eastport invites you to explore and appreciate our natural resources

Way DownEast is fortunate to have a significant number of public parks and recreational areas including International Parks, National Parks, State & Provincial Parks, city and town parks including Cony Park in Eastport. Private recreational facilities are often open to the public and free of charge.

Maine State Parks:

 

Shackford Head State Park in Eastport.  Trails afford great opportunities for wildlife watching  and dramatic ocean views. Encompassing 90 acres on Moose Island overlooking Cobscook Bay, visitors can see Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, Lubec Harbor  and Estes Head, the easternmost commercial deep water cargo port in the U.S. 

 

Cobscook Bay State Park in Dennysville is a great base for family camping and exploration. Many of the park's 106 campsites, both for tenting and RVs. border Whiting Bay, a sheltered inlet within the larger bay. The Park offers a boat launch for those with the experience to handle boating in challenging conditions (with rapids created by fast-moving tides). 

 

Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec encompasses 541 acres at the tip of America's easternmost peninsula, offering opportunities to visit an historic lighthouse, picnic areas and hiking up to 5 miles of scenic trails. Enjoy spectacular views along the coast or take an inland hike to a coastal plateau bog (also known as a heath) with sub-arctic and arctic plants rarely seen south of Canada. Tours of the West Quoddy Head Light, Maine's easternmost lighthouse, are available, Visitors can look out over Quoddy Channel, which divides the U.S. and Canada, to the towering red cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick.

The Down East Sunrise Trail from Ayers Junction to Ellsworth is 87 miles in length and is the longest off-road trail on the East Coast Greenway. The trail is open to bicycles, walking, horses, cross country skiing, ATVs and the occasional dog sled. This inactive rail corridor is an unpaved tour of the back country with gentle grades running through vast marshes and forest landscapes crossing rivers and streams. 

The Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is one of the northernmost National Wildlife Refuges in the Atlantic Flyway, a migratory route that follows the eastern coast of North America. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Moosehorn includes over 44 square miles with hiking trails, observation platforms and kayaking and canoeing areas. 

Just outside of Lubec, Cobscook Shores Park System, is a series of fifteen waterfront parks nestled along the vibrant, eco-rich shores of Cobscook Bay, With miles of undeveloped beaches, bluffs, coves and islands to explore, the system offers free public access for walking, picnicking, hiking, biking, camping and paddling in Cobscook Bay.

Crossing the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Bridge in Lubec brings you to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Here, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s magnificent summer home is preserved in a combination indoor museum and outdoor nature park. Nearby is the  Herring Cove Provincial Park, a hiker’s delight offering 6 unique trails of varying lengths.

Campobello also offers one of the golfing opportunities in the area. The Herring Cove Golf Course, a 9 hole course near the FDR park, offers both wooded and ocean scenery. Back in the U.S. on U.S. Route 1 in Calais is the St Croix Country Club, a 9 hole course along the banks of the St. Croix River. For those looking for more of a challenge, across the border is the seaside Algonquin Golf Course, ranked one the top 100 courses in Canada. 

There is no shortage of outdoor recreational activities for all ages Way DownEast. We are proud to be considered “somewhat off the beaten path”.  Say good bye to traffic, parking problems and long lines and enjoy the small town way of life in one of the most beautiful parts of our country.