Shackford Head State Park

Shackford Head State Park
Shackford Head State Park

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Shackford Head State Park, a 90-acre undeveloped peninsula in Eastport, is located off Maine Route 190. The site includes beaches, protected coves, and a bold headland. A hiking trail from the parking area through the woods to the rocky headland allows beautiful views of Cobscook Bay.

This park was named for sea captain John Shackford who was born in 1753 at Newbury/Newburyport, Massachusetts. Shackford acquired the head not long after he came to Eastport and used Broad Cove for his ship’s anchorage and he came with his family about 1783.

Shackford Head Overlook offers a spectacular view of the Canadian islands of Campobello and Grand Manan, New Brunswick. Here you can see Atlantic Salmon cages; the Eastport cargo pier on Estes Head; Treats island; the town of Lubec; Roosevelt Cottage and International Park. On the beach below you will discover the first of two fossil areas that are within the park boundaries. The other area is on the Schooner Trail near the two land bridges. The park also includes a memorial to the five Civil War ships that were burned for salvage here in the early 1900s.

Location:
Off US Route 1 on Maine Route 190 on Moose Island in Eastport, the most eastern city in the United States.

Operation Dates:
Open All Year, sunrise to sunset, no fee, no camp fires, no ATVs or motorized vehicles are permitted in the park, dogs must be on leash, no hunting.

Facilities:
90-acre undeveloped peninsula with beaches, protected coves, and a bold headland. A hiking trail from the parking area through the woods to the rocky headland allows beautiful views of Cobscook Bay.

Access Rating:
No Access

Contact:
Shackford Head State Park
c/o Bureau of Parks and Lands
106 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 941-4014

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