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 further Downeast.
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