We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME
Phone Number:
+1 207-244-9753

One of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 384 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 167
  • 130
    Very good
  • 51
  • 10
  • 4
Must See Maine Excursion

Constructed in 1858, this fresnel lens lighthouse is still maintained by the Coast Guard and is closed to visitors however, I believe it to be one of the most photographed... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Rachel B
Houston, Texas
Add Photo Write a Review

384 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 362: English reviews
Bass Harbor, Maine
Level Contributor
18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Worth a visit to see this historic lighthouse and keepers house. cannot enter but can walk around the outside of the building. Great photo ops.

Thank Helene T
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Level Contributor
46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bass Harbor is best seen if you are willing to follow the path to the water line. You are rewarded with a great view.

Thank Nellie F
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Level Contributor
198 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love lighthouses, and this one didn't disappoint. It was a short walk from the parking lot. There is an active coast guard's family living in the keeper's house now, so it isn't available for touring. Still, we enjoyed seeing the bell & the lighthouse. It's is an amazing sight and one I recommend if you are near the Southwest... More 

Thank KatWat39
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Took a ride from Bar Harbor and was surprised how small the lighthouse was. Still loved it. It is hard to photograph, but there are stairs that lead down to the Rocky coast. Took pics from there also. Enjoyed it very much.

Thank deborahfalgowski
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

If you love lighthouses like I do, this ne is a must. The subject of many photos and paintings I have taken numerous pictures myself of this beautiful place!

Thank MLF1948
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to see on MDI! Beautiful views of the ocean and light house. Be ready to walk up and down stairs if you want to look at the lighthouse from the ocean view.

Thank Nawal D
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
104 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Constructed in 1858, this fresnel lens lighthouse is still maintained by the Coast Guard and is closed to visitors however, I believe it to be one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States. Parking is free and if you take the trail to the left and away from the lighthouse you can view it from sea level. If... More 

Thank Rachel B
Level Contributor
199 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

To get the picture of lighthouse you usually see, you need to be agile! First you will go down a long flight of stairs....then you will need to climb out on some rocks. You can still get a picture from the bottom of the stairs, it just will not be as good. But this is so worth doing....if you can... More 

1 Thank Buckeye017
Level Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is such an iconic location for photos, which is great for a photographer like me! We arrived just before sunset, on a cloudy day, but colors were amazing!

Thank rdngtchr
Doetinchem, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
143 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

One of the nicest lighthouses of Maine, but only at low tide because best pictures are taken from the rocks you have to climb down. A path leads there at the far end of the parking lot. We took a miniature home as a souvenir.

Thank Bert W

Travellers who viewed Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse also viewed

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Been to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?