Pemaquid Point Light, Bristol, Maine (with Map & Photos)

This simple white lighthouse in Bristol, Maine, has guarded the entrance to Muscongus Bay since 1835. It is so iconic that it was chosen to appear in the Maine state neighborhood. What makes Pemaquid Point Light so picturesque is not the tower itself. Beneath the lighthouse, seemingly spilling into the sea, is an intriguing geological rock formation that is hundreds of millions of years old. The dark, clasped layers of metamorphic rock are streaked with pale veins of igneous rock, and the daily onslaught of salt water continually erodes and sculpts this spectacular ledge.

Pemaquid Point Light Maine
Pemaquid Point Light Maine

Location: The entrance to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park is located at 3115 Bristol Road in Pemaquid, Maine.

Visit: The grounds of the lighthouse are open all year. From mid-May to mid-October, you can climb the spiral stairs to the top of the tower every day from 10 am to 5 pm (children must be at least 42 inches tall). Although there is no charge, the American Lighthouse Foundation, which serves the lighthouse with volunteers, appreciates donations.

Pemaquid Point Light Maine
Pemaquid Point Light Maine

Tips for Photographers: It is estimated that more than 100,000 people visit this free attraction each year, so if you want photos without people in your shot, consider visiting them early or late in the day or in the off-season. The most beautiful photos of Pemaquid Point Light always show the rocky ledge below the lighthouse in the foreground. Wear sturdy shoes both for climbing the rocks and for climbing the stairs to the lighthouse's lantern room.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Map