• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

Great photography opportunities. Easily accessible park with plenty of parking. Dark skies allow you to see the Milky Way and northern lights (kp 6+) with your naked eye. Scuba diving and fishing allowed on site.

Officially named Cape Neddick Light, though more commonly known as Nubble Light, this lighthouse is part of the National Register of Historic Places and is a local favorite for photography. The lighthouse park is located just over the New Hampshire / Maine state line in New England, in York, ME.

For photography purposes, Nubble Light has a lot of great characteristics. The mainland Sohier Park, from which visitors can view the lighthouse, is filled with interesting rock formations that provide infinite interesting foreground compositions in any season. The lighthouse is also located in a dark sky area, so if you want to try your hand at night photography, it is possible to view both the milky way and during large solar storms (kp 6+), the northern lights. As a bonus during night photography, the lighthouse is bright enough to give you an easy focus point for an overall sharp image.

I've been here to photograph the lighthouse about 5 times over the last 4 years, in every season. It's an easily accessible park, with plenty of parking and restrooms. There are some sections of rock within Sohier Park that are marked as off limit, and of course, common sense applies during high tide, as the rocks closer to the water tend to be slick.

Pack List

  • Camera and tripod
  • Shoes with some grip if you intend to climb on rocks
  • Warm, wind resistant clothes
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Great area to have lunch, shop and take photos. Very touristy but an incredible view of the lighthouse.

11 months ago
11 months ago

Headed there for sunrise and was surprised at the number of photographers there (around 10). Although it was overcast, the fog and clouds set the tone and made a nice backdrop.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great views at this southern Maine classic lighthouse.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I've been to Nubble Light numerous times, and my most recent was during a beautiful winter day! The air is so crisp, and the views in York are excellent. This is totally I must see in Southern Maine!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

My favorite lighthouse on the east coast! Beautiful in winter when decorated for the holidays!!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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I am an avid traveler, adventurer, dog owner, chapstick user, professional photographer, teacher and author based out of New England. I love to meet new people, so please, reach out to say hi!

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