Corea, Maine located in Hancock County on the southeastern part of the Gouldsboro Peninsula, is a classic Down East Maine fishing village. Small and quiet with excellent harbor views of lobster boats and other vessels, it is actually part of the municipality of Gouldsboro that also includes the villages of Birch Harbor, Prospect Harbor, South Gouldsboro, and West Gouldsboro. This is not on the Schoodic Scenic Byway but is a special treasure on the eastern fringe well worth discovering. While there, be mindful that you have entered a small community's neighborhood.
Corea was originally called Indian Harbor until the name was changed in 1896 when a U.S. Post Office was established there. At that time, there was only a footpath connecting it to Prospect Harbor, located a few miles to the west. The village of Prospect Harbor is where the municipal office of Gouldsboro is today and where most town business takes place.
Corea is only about 7 miles (11.3 km) from the entrance to the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park and only about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the park's exit. If you find yourself in the area, especially if in Prospect Harbor (viewing the lighthouse perhaps) which is on the Schoodic Scenic Byway, set aside a few minutes to drive over to Corea. You will likely discover many great photographic opportunities including the delightful Cranberry Point which is a short distance to the South of Corea Harbor. View the Schoodic map to see the location in relation to Acadia National Park.
From Coastal U.S. Route 1 (on the Ellsworth side), follow Maine State Highway 195 south, crossing Route 186 in Prospect Harbor. At this point, 195 (now called theb Corea Road) takes a more easterly direction until arriving in Corea. If you are coming from further Downeast in Washington County, take Route 186 South into Prospect Harbor. Then, take the left (East) on Route 195 into Corea. If leaving Acadia National Park's Schoodic Peninsula, take a right at the first stop sign or stop light in Birch Harbor onto Highway 186 then take another right in Prospect Harbor onto Highway 195. Take note that, on the ocean side or right side you will see the Prospect Harbor Lighthouse.
GPS: Latitude 44.400736; Longitude -67.97533
Chamber of Commerce: (207) 963-7658
Gouldsboro Fire Department (Volunteer):
Emergency Dispatch: (207) 963-7788
Normal Business: (207) 963-5582
28 Main Street, Prospect Harbor, ME 04669-0167
Municipal Business: (207) 963-5589
59 Main Street, Prospect Harbor, ME 04669
Gouldsboro Police Department:
P.O. Box 68, Prospect Harbor, ME 04669
Day Phone: (207) 963-5589; Night: (207) 667-7575
Peninsula Consolidated School: (207) 963-2003
71 Main Street
Prospect Harbor, ME 04669
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