Bass Harbor Maine, ME

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Bass Harbor, Maine

Bass Harbor is a village in the Town of Tremont located on the western side of Mount Desert Island. Bass Harbor is a traditional Maine village built upon the dreams and hard work of those making a living from the sea.

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  • Where island living meets the ocean.
  • Find lobster right in the harbor.
  • Hiking and biking trails are nearby.
  • The Seawall is a less visited attraction of Acadia National Park and well worth a visit.
  • Don't miss a sunrise or sunset in Bass Harbor.


Many a boat and sailor have called Bass Harbor home. This cultural heritage is present in the still maintained Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse that marks the entrance to Bass Harbor and Blue Hill Bay. The Bass Harbor Head Light has been upon the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.


Located on Mount Desert Island, Bass Harbor is 35 minutes from Bar Harbor and 20 Minutes from Somesville. Bass Harbor's location allows for accommodations, dining and accessibility to the less traveled, or “quiet side” of the island


  • Bass Harbor offers a wide array of lodging ranging from Bed and Breakfasts, inns, and cottages, to campgrounds.
  • Located in and around the neighborhood are many different eating establishments.
  • The Acadia National Park's “Seawall” offers picnicking, sunbathing, and a campground.
  • Bass Harbor has a Public Library.
  • Ferry service to the outer islands that operates from Bass Harbor.
  • Bass Harbor is a boating community and there are several full service yards including, boat repair, and electronics repair facilities in the area.
  • The shops in and around Bass Harbor offers a varying degree of products.
  • Bass Harbor has a United States Post Office within the village.


With the sound of the ocean waters against the Maine rock bound coast, Bass Harbor is an experience of a lifetime. Bass Harbor is truly where island living meets the ocean.

If you want to see a Lobster first hand what better place to meet one then in the Maine seaside village of Bass Harbor. The fact that a lighthouse sits on the shore, and lobster boats are bobbing in the harbor only makes ones encounter with a Lobster much more memorable here.

Hiking, Biking, Boating
All the hiking, biking, kayaking, and boating of the area is accessible right from Bass Harbor. In addition a short ride to the outer islands produces the less explored hiking and biking of the area.

The “Seawall” part of Acadia National Park offers a less explored scenic vista that is a must see. With its beautiful flat pink granite rocks this area is a Sun bather's paradise.

Sunrise and Sunset
Bass Harbor's Sunrises and Sunsets are comparable in beauty to the sunrises and sunsets seen from Cadillac Mountain.

Getting here

If traveling from the south, follow I-95 to Bangor. Follow I-395 to 1A until Ellsworth, where state routes 1 and 3 will eventually lead to Bar Harbor.

Visitors who are taking scenic Coastal Maine's Route 1 will travel through many communities offering small novelty shops, factory outlets, and dining. Eventually arriving on Main Street in Ellsworth, which is lined with many more shops, and restaurants offering visitors the chance to find special gifts, and souvenirs. From there visitors can take High Street, which ME-3 and US- 1A merge together, to the head Mount Desert Island, and to ME-102, and ME-198 on into Somesville. Continue following Maine Route 102 through Southwest Harbor to the intersection of ME-102A. At this intersection with ME-102A take a left onto ME-102A and travel one mile into Bass Harbor, Maine.