Washington County offers incredible public parks, including the ones listed below for your exploration.
Acadia National Park: Ranking in notoriety with Yellowstone, Acadia is known as one of the preeminent national parks in the country – and for good reason. Choose your hiking trail from our onsite guidebook and make a day of it – it will not disappoint you.
Roque Bluffs State Park: A local park with access to a beachcombing on one side, and hiking trails and swimming pond to the other, this state park packs a solid punch.
Cobscook Bay State Park: is located four miles north of Whiting on Route 1 in Edmunds Township. Here you have more than 800 acres of woods and fields bordering beautiful Cobscook Bay. The park offers fine hiking and some beach-combing. There is a boat launching ramp, picnic spots and excellent sites for tenting, trailers, RV’s or sleeping bag.
Reversing Falls Park: Operated by the town and state, these reversing falls tumbling and roaring over the ledges on either tide are truly awesome. This half-mile-long set of falls is undoubtedly one of the least known but most fantastic natural phenomena in the county. Through a 300-yard gap passes most of the tidal flow at a 25-knot speed into the bays over jutting rocks which cause the “falls”. As the tide current slows the roar of the water gradually diminishes until, at slack tide, the channel is like a mirror and the sound of birds and the wind in the trees can be heard again. Gradually the direction of the water is changed. The seaweed is swept in the opposite direction, ripples appear around the jutting rocks, and within ten minutes the six-hour-long roar has begun again. The Washington County Development Authority and the town of Pembroke have built a two-mile long road and picnicking area into the Falls.
Gleason’s Cove in Perry: is a well-hidden local secret although it is a state-operated park. There are no signs to it but there’s a restaurant in Perry and across Route 1 is a road. Take it and drive about half a mile. Turn right at an old two-story brick building and drive down this dirt road three quarters of a mile and there it is – a park complete with great beach-combing, broad vistas of Passamaquoddy Bay and nearby Deer Island, N. B., fishing weirs and picnic sites. For boaters there is an excellent launching ramp.
West Quoddy Head State Park you take the South Lubec Road to the easternmost point of the United States. Here you will find the famous red-and-white striped lighthouse, picnicking facilities, outhouses and the start of a two-mile liking trail that follows the 90-foot high rocky cliffs to Carrying Place Cove. Grand Manan’s 400-foot cliffs are right in front of you. Carrying Place Cove has some nice sandy beaches at low tide and on the northern end is a true Arctic bog with insectivorous plants.