Birch Harbor, Maine is a small fishing village
that is part of the municipality of Gouldsboro along
with Corea, Prospect
Harbor, South Gouldsboro, and West
Gouldsboro. It is located east of Winter Harbor and just west of Corea and Cranberry
Point. Gouldsboro, located in Hancock County, became incorporated
in February 16, 1789 (see history).
To the south is Bunkers Harbor, which
is part of the village.
If you visited the Schoodic Peninsula portion
of Acadia National Park, you reached Birch
Harbor at the point where you exited the park and returned to Route
186 on the peninsula. (see map) At this intersection,
you take a left to return to Winter Harbor then a right on 186 to reach
U.S. Coastal Route 1 on the mainland (if heading west to the Ellsworth area
or returning to Mount Desert Island). If
you are traveling to other eastern Maine points such as Machias or
Eastport, take a right at Birch Harbor and continue on Route 186 until
you reach Coastal U.S. Route 1 where you would take a right to head
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