Prominently sited on a rocky point of land, Marshall Point Lighthouse is located near the fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine. The Lighthouse property includes the wonderful light, connected via the long wooden runway to the property, a lovingly-restored Keeper’s House, as well as welcoming grounds and complimenting gardens. In The Keeper’s House, there is an extensive museum housing exhibits centered on the lighthouse as well as a historic look into the industries and life on our peninsula. Highlights of the museum are many, but two of the visitors’ favorites are the stories of Nellie and Molly the lighthouse dogs and photos and documentation from the filming of the movie “Forest Gump” during which Tom Hanks concluded his long run on our lighthouse runway. And before leaving the museum a stop in the gift shop is recommended. There is “limited” but adequate parking available with easy access to the grounds and Museum.
Birch Point Beach State Park is tucked away in Maine's mid-coastal region. Just finding it can be an adventure all its own. It is south of Ash Point in Owls Head, Maine and can be found on a tiny peninsula bordering Mussel Ridge Channel on the western side of Penobscot Bay. It may be hard to find, but is well worth the search. Once you find Birch Point Beach State Park, you will be privy to some of the best oceanfront scenery in the entire mid-coastal region. It features a crescent-shaped oceanfront beach that is focused between two extremely rocky areas in the Mussel Ridge Channel. From here, you can see a sweeping panoramic view of all of the islands that are scattered alongside Penobscot Bay.
Birch Point Beach State Park