Your Ultimate Guide to the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail

Coastal Maine has a culture of its own. It is filled with lobster boats, pine forests, and a favorite among locals and visitors alike: lighthouses. With 65 historical lighthouses spread along the coast, there’s a reason why Maine is commonly referred to as The Lighthouse State! These mysterious structures have kept mariners safe for generations. Now, they have become part of the picturesque landscape. If you want to see these coastal beauties, go on the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail. Surrounded by gorgeous pine forests and rocky shores, there are 8 lighthouses within 12 miles of each other. Come see them and get your U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport stamped!

If you’re planning a trip to Deer Isle, take advantage of our complimentary Vacation Guide. Planning a vacation can be hard, so we’ve chosen our favorite things to do in the area to save you from hours of research! Skip the tedious part of preparation and use our free guide to find:

  • Cultural events, museums, and entertainment
  • The best restaurants in the area
  • Festivals and attractions you won’t want to miss
  • Outdoor activities for all skill levels like the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail

About the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail

Thanks to the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail, you can now go around to all 8 of the lighthouses located on the shores of Deer Isle year round. 3 of the lighthouses can be viewed on land and the other 5 can be viewed from the ocean. You can also see all 8 of them from the air! Various tours are offered from seasonal private boat tours to up above with Penobscot Island Air. You can always get your U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport stamped at the various places you tour as a great souvenir!

Stops on the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail

Pumpkin Island Lighthouse

Pumpkin Island Lighthouse first went into service in 1855. This structure guided the vessels carrying lumber and summer recreational boats through Eggemoggin Reach.The passage was extremely important for local commerce and needed a nighttime guide to light the way! It can be viewed from the shore of Little Deer Isle at the end of Eggemoggin Road, from the water, or by air.

Eagle Island Light

Eagle Island Light can be viewed on land at the end of Dunham Point Road and of course can be seen by air and sea. This property is now owned by Eagle Light Caretakers. While you can’t go inside, the grounds are open to explore!

Mark Island Light

Mark Island Light is taken care of by Island Heritage Trust. Built in 1857, it is still active in helping U.S. Coast Guard in navigation. The tower itself is closed, but the grounds are open. It is best viewed by boat, but it is possible to see it on the shores of Stonington.

Isle au Haut Light

Hop on the Isle au Haut Ferry to see this gorgeous lighthouse! Built in 1907, it is among the newer of the lighthouses on the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail.  From the ferry, you’ll see the gorgeous tower and attached home as well as the other beautiful coastal sights of the island.

Goose Rocks Light

Goose Rocks Light is one of the only lighthouses that is able to be toured by the public. All you have to do is make a reservation through Beacon Preservation. It is also unique because it is directly in the ocean rather than on land. See this tower by boat or by air.

Brown’s Head Light

Brown’s Head Light was built in 1857 and is now owned by the Town of Vinalhaven. The town manager actually lives in the house attached! See this lighthouse by boat or Isle au Haut Ferry.

Saddleback Ledge Light

The U.S. Coast Guard now owns the Saddleback Ledge Lighthouse. This stunning tower was built right into the rocky coast in 1839. See it by boat, on the ferry, or by air!

Heron Neck Light

Heron Neck Light is still active in navigation. Built in 1854, this property is privately owned but rented to The Island Institute. The beautiful white tower and large home next to it stand out against the darkness of the pine forest behind it.

Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn

Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle is the perfect base for your Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail excursions. Stay with us for a wonderful, authentic Maine experience that you won’t forget. Our cozy rooms and cottages are perfect to retreat back to after a day of exploration!