As part of a new series, I’m starting to explore lesser-known scenic locations, hikes and views in Maine. We’re lucky enough to live in a beautiful state with many famous, yet tourist-filled hot spots. This series will discover spots of equal attraction, provide directions and tips for an exciting adventure. So, stay tuned and check back often for more of Maine’s Hidden Secrets.
Today we explore Squirrel Point Light, a quiet little area just off the interstate in Brunswick and slightly past Bath, in Arrowsic. This small lighthouse is situated on the Kennebec River, near what was one of the very first European settlements. Oddly enough in 1717, the Governor of Massachusetts ran his sailing warship The Squirrel ashore here, which gave name to the lighthouse in 1895.
Squirrel Point played an important role as the Kennebec River grew into the most important commercial waterway in Maine and Bath grew into an important ship building center. Now, you have to hike about a mile into the weathered light. Pack some bug spray should you decide to try this adventure. The trail is narrow and the bugs can be thick. GPS coordinates are below, but you’ll find a small dirt turnaround at a dead end. You’ll park here and begin your hike. When the trail splits (after a small bridge) you’ll stay left and arrive shortly in a clearing with the light keeper’s house in full view. Choose a clear night and hope for a brilliant sunset. If you capture a great photo, share it with me on Instagram or Twitter.
598 Bald Head Road
Arrowsic, ME 04530