Schoodic Peninsula is located in Winter Harbor, Maine but a portion is also part of Gouldsboro. Acadia National Park covers approximately 2,366 acres of the peninsula and is the only portion of the park on the mainland. There is a 5.5 mile one-way section of park road that hugs the coast around the peninsula with several turnouts. Most of the Schoodic shore is composed of red granite. The forest is largely pine-birch but also consists of white, red and black spruce, northern white cedar, cherry, alder, mountain ash, and a variety of maples. There are numerous coves and inlets as well as smaller out islands on both sides of the peninsula including some lighthouses.
Acadia at Schoodic Entrance GPS: Latitude 44.375098; Longitude -68.070323
Several small villages are within a few miles such as Birch Harbor, Prospect Harbor, Corea, and Winter Harbor. Each one has its own unique character. Most revolve around lobstering but are also summering communities that are very relaxed and laid back. There are many yachts as well as lobster or other fishing boats in the harbors and along the shores. Although only 4 miles as the crow flies from Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Peninsula is about 40 miles away via coastal roads. Ellsworth, the closest commercial center and considered the gateway to Downeast Maine, is about 30 miles away.
When visiting Schoodic Peninsula, be sure to go all the way to the southern section called Schoodic Point. A two-way section of road will vier off to the right from the one-way park road. Watch for it when near the southern section.
Schoodic Point is part of Acadia National Park. It has a good size parking area with a turnaround, interpretive panels, and rest room facilities. Frazer Point, located at the park entrance, also has rest room accommodations as well as a picnic area. Take some time to read about its history.
Schoodic Point GPS: Latitude 44.332812; Longitude -68.060946
Schoodic Includes What?
When someone mentions Schoodic, generally they are referring to the section of the peninsula where the mainland portion of Acadia National Park resides which also includes Schoodic Point. However, in fact, it includes a larger area including towns such as Gouldsboro, and Winter Harbor. An even larger geographical area is Gouldsboro Peninsula. At one time, Winter Harbor was also part of Gouldsboro. An interesting read can be found on the Gouldsboro History page. I enjoyed researching it and speaking with some local historians during the information gathering stages.