Fort Point State Park

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Fort Point State Park

Maine

(207) 941-4014

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Overview

Picnic tables with a waterfront view, pier and floats for fishing and boating, and access to a scenic bicycling trip are some of the top reasons to visit Fort Point State Historic Site. Located about three miles off U.S. Route 1 in Stockton Springs, and named for the point of which Gov. Thomas Pownall established Fort Pownall in 1759, Fort Point State Park occupies a long peninsula with panoramic views of the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay. On its 120 acres, the park features more than a mile of rocky shore, a tidal sandbar, and diverse habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Opened in 1974, the park also includes Fort Point State Historic Site and the Fort Point Light Station.

The remains of Fort Pownall contain interpretive panels and a stone marking the original burial site of Gen. Samuel Waldo for whom Waldo County and Waldoboro are named.

Just a short walk from the parking lot, visitors can relax at riverside picnic sites and fuel up for hiking, sightseeing, bicycling, fishing, or paddling. Gentle trails lead hikers through field and forest to rocky shores and historic sites. Interpretive signs describe Fort Point's history as a military, maritime, and tourist center. Using the roads, bicyclists leave the parking lot to ride to the lighthouse or to begin the seven-mile loop around Cape Jellison. Winter visitors go cross-country skiing on the park's hiking trails and closed roads.

Map of Fort Point (ME)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.466376, -68.830977

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Using the roads, bicyclists leave the parking lot to ride to the lighthouse or to begin the seven-mile loop around Cape Jellison.

  • Fishing

    A fishing peer offers easy accessibility for fishermen.

  • Hiking

    Gentle trails lead hikers through field and forest to rocky shores and historic sites.

  • Historic Sites

    Interpretive signs describe Fort Point's history as a military, maritime, and tourist center. The remains of Fort Pownall contain interpretive panels and a stone marking the original burial site of Gen. Samuel Waldo for whom Waldo County and Waldoboro are named.

  • Picnicking

    Visitors can relax at riverside picnic sites that are located throughout the park

  • Winter Sports

    Winter visitors go cross-country skiing on the park's hiking trails and closed roads.

Park Partners

Friends of Maine State Parks

Friends of Maine State Parks was created in 1997 by individuals interested in ensuring the preservation of Maine's unique state park system and is a non-profit organization open to anyone who shares these goals.

* Provide informational, referral and networking services on issues of interests pertaining to State Parks and Historic Sites * Advocate and oversee on matters of importance to the character and purpose of State Parks and Historic Sites * Sponsor and cosponsor events that assist the promotion of State Parks and Historic Sites * Conduct quarterly educational programs with topics of interest pertaining to State Parks and Historic Sites * Sponsor an annual fall Picnic for all its members

Directions

Driving

Off U.S. Route 1 in Stockton Springs, on the tip of a peninsula jutting into scenic Penobscot Bay

Phone Numbers

Primary

(207) 941-4014

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