• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Point-to-Point

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

Take in amazing views of one of Maine's most iconic lighthouses. Head out on a short walking path through Fort Williams Park with plenty of rocks to climb.

Portland Head Light is one of Maine's most iconic and picturesque lighthouses that offers stunning views year round. Located just about 15 minutes outside of Portland, Maine, it's the perfect place to go to watch an early winter sunset and enjoy some ocean views. To get to the light house, you will enter at Fort Williams Park and follow the winding road up a short hill towards the parking lot.

There's a path that spans about a half-mile distance which you can walk on from the parking lot in either direction. The parking lot closest to the lighthouse is about the midway point, and either direction provides an awesome view of the lighthouse which is also right in front of you once you park. If you are facing the lighthouse from the parking lot and turn left, there's a rocky beach a few hundred feet down the path that gives a nice view of the lighthouse and is usually covered in snow during the winter.

The cliffs are fun to walk on even in the wintertime, just watch out for ice and the gusting winds! Portland Head Light is situated on the water (of course), so it can be extra cold here even on warmer days. Once you're done taking in the views, head to the Great Lost Bear at 540 Forest Ave in Portland for an incredible burger and beers!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Layers
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Scarf
  • Hat/beanie
  • Warm gloves
  • Winter jacket
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This is one of the iconic lighthouses in New England and is a must see. It is super easy to get to and Fort William Park also offers a lot to explore while you are there.

10 months ago
10 months ago

Stopped here after visiting Acadia.....wish I had more time. So much more to see than just this spectacular lighthouse. That being said the lighthouse alone was worth it. As mentioned every angle captures this lighthouse beautifully!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Fort Williams Park is a well-maintained, family-friendly park that provides stunning ocean views and access to the Portland Head Light. Don't just limit yourself to the popular lighthouse path though; other areas of the park provide beach access and photo opportunities of passing sailboats.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth is awesome! With stunning views from multiple different angles, you can always get a new shot depending on the weather and the season. You could also explore the surrounding area which could take up the majority of the afternoon, with lots of historic areas in Fort Williams Park!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Had this on the map on my trip to New England this past winter and it was everything I expected. Never really been to a lighthouse of this caliber. Many lighthouses are on Maine's rocky coast, and I hit 3 just within Portland's outskirts. You can't take a bad picture here. Also be sure to stop by when operators are working in the peak summer months for a peak inside!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Chris Mongeau Explorer

I am a 26 year old lifestyle and travel photographer from Providence, Rhode Island. I spend my time planning trips, scouring maps, and drinking lots of coffee. I love sharing travel tips and hearing stories from other folks, feel free to get in touch with any questions!

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