Fort Knox - Maine's Largest Historic Fort
Located on the west bank of the Penobscot River in Prospect, Maine, in an area known as the Penobscot Narrows, Fort Knox is one of the best-preserved military fortifications on the New England seacoast. The fort has many unique architectural features, as well as a rich history behind its walls.
During the country’s infancy, Maine was repeatedly involved in northeast border disputes with British Canada. In fact, the area between Castine and the rich lumber city of Bangor was invaded and occupied by the British during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Fort Knox was established in 1844 to protect the Penobscot River Valley against a possible future British naval incursion.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is the crown jewel of coastal Maine, offering spectacular 360-degree views of the Penobscot River and Bay, the Maine countryside and the distant western mountains. Tourists and travel writers alike have been attracted to the unique character of this structure, its historical significance and the stunning vistas. Engineering and transportation geeks are fascinated by the award-winning and innovative design. Visitors of all ages and interests will enjoy this unique campus.
Sandy Point Beach State Park
The beach at Sandy Point Beach Park near the town of Stockton Springs is cozy, wedged between a pair of rocky headlands, looking out over the point where the Penobscot River widens into Penobscot Bay. It’s a great place to spot nesting osprey, hike a couple miles of boggy trails, and spot a half-buried passenger steamboat at low tide.