Cobscook Bay—Whiting to Eastport
The Cobscook Bay sub-region is remote and forested, bringing the byway traveler along the easternmost edge of the United States, where extreme tides and natural wonders of the Bay of Fundy are evident and the international boundary allows two-nation exploration.
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
Whiting, Edmunds, and Dennysville
From Lubec the Byway route doubles back along Route 189 westward and rejoins Route 1 north in Whiting, where the Orange River Conservation Area is located. The Orange River Conservation Area properties, Reynolds Marsh Overlook, Marsh Island Preserve and Orange River Landing, provide two water access sites for paddlers.
The Byway then circles around Cobscook Bay, through the most remote and least traveled portion of the Byway, which traverses dense coastal forest with intermittent views of Cobscook Bay and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Sunset, Moosehorn NWR, Edmunds
The Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Edmunds Division, one of the oldest National Wildlife Refuges, is located within the Atlantic Flyway and has over 50 miles of dirt roads and trails. Cobscook Bay State Park, 888 acres surrounded on three sides by ocean, provides numerous remote campsites along the water’s edge. Edmunds is home to the Tide Mill Organic Farm, a 1,600-acre family farm for nine generations, which offers educational programs and farm tours.
Meeting the Cows, Tide Mill Farm
The historic village of Dennysville, which hugs the Denny’s River, can be enjoyed via a quick loop off the main Byway route. Dennysville’s Historic District includes 22 Colonial Revival and Federal style buildings on 300 acres.
Perry and Pembroke
Reversing Falls Park in Pembroke showcases a unique natural phenomenon created by the tidal current. The Downeast Amateur Astronomer's Observatory, high on a hill in Pembroke, welcomes visitors to revel in the clear, dark night skies.
Pembroke Trotting Association
The annual Pembroke Trotting Association Farm and Horse Fair is held at the Pembroke Trotting Association Fair Grounds, one of the oldest fairgrounds in the country (used for agricultural exhibitions since 1841).
In Perry, enjoy Sipp Bay Preserve, a 16-acre peninsula offering grassy open fields for picnicking, short walking trails, and great scenic views. Three public boat landings offer water access at Gleason's Cove, Sipp Bay, and Horse Landing. The town of Perry is proud to be located on the 45th Parallel - halfway between the Equator and the North Pole – as a funky gift shop located near the45th parallel marker exhibits!
Indian Days Celebration, Pleasant Point
Pleasant Point Indian Reservation
The Byway route turns toward Eastport on Route 190 east in the town of Perry, and passes through the Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation at Pleasant Point. (Please drive slowly when traveling through the village of Pleasant Point!) The Waponahki Museum and Resource Center, a museum of the Passamaquoddy Tribal culture, language, and traditions, hosts demonstrations on tribal dance, food, storytelling, woodworking, and art. Indian Day is an annual celebration of the arts and culture of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. (The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor and the Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Museum in Indian Township also provide comprehensive historic information and opportunities to learn about the Passamaquoddy culture.)
Herring Weir Remnants
The Byway route crosses the Pleasant Point/Eastport causeway, with expansive 180-degree views of the waters and islands of Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay, including remnants of herring weirs. The Bold Coast Scenic Byway culminates in the town of Eastport, a full service fishing community with a working waterfront and in rich cultural opportunities.
Music On the Rocks Performance, Eastport
Eastport’s downtown Historic District includes 29 structures on the National Historic register. The pedestrian-friendly downtown contains an eclectic mix of retail shops, galleries, museums, cultural centers, eateries, and inns. The Sutherland Overlook Park and Amphitheatre is located at the water’s edge where the visitor can take in the harbor sights and sounds, stroll along the multi-modal pathway, or listen to music during the summer.
The Fort Sullivan Barracks Museum, housed in the re-located officers quarters of historic Fort Sullivan, contains photographs and other military and civilian historical items. The Old Powder house is a visible remnant of part of the original Fort Sullivan, which was captured by the British in 1812.
Raye's Mustard Mill, Eastport
Raye’s Mustard Mill, a working museum, showcases North America’s last remaining traditional stone-ground mustard mill that still utilizes the traditional cold grind process.
The Tides Institute and Museum of Art exhibits cultural collections, sponsors cultural events, provides cultural education, and fosters cultural connections, and hosts the annual New Year’s event, the Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop. Eastport is also home of the Eastport Pirate Festival.
Eastport Harbor and Downtown
Close to downtown Eastport, Shackford Head State Park encompasses 90 acres overlooking Cobscook Bay. This promontory at the entrance to Cobscook Bay encircles the west side of Broad Cove. Several miles of trails cross the headland. A hiking trail from the parking area leads through woods to a rocky headland 173 feet above sea level, passing several pocket beaches and protected coves. From this outlook, visitors can see Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, the town of Lubec, and the Eastport cargo pier on Estes Head, as well as aquaculture pens where Atlantic salmon are raised.
Eastport’s Treat Island Preserve, a 71-acre island preserve, can be accessed by kayak from Eastport or Lubec. Treat Island features a mix of open meadow and spruce forest, stunning views, bold headlands, and gravel beaches with relatively easy landing areas for kayaks and small boats. Meadows provide good vantage points to view resident wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, bald eagles, and northern harriers. Despite close proximity, access from both Lubec and Eastport is made challenging by very strong currents in this part of Passamaquoddy Bay. The use of an experienced guide is highly recommended.
Treat Island Preserve, Eastport
If you get out there on the water between Eastport and Deer Island at the right time, you just might catch a glimpse of the Old Sow Whirlpool, the largest natural whirlpool in the western hemisphere!
Whale Watching, Bay of Fundy