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Shackford Head State Park

SHACKFORD HEAD, a 90-acre undeveloped peninsula in Eastport, is located off Maine Route 190. The site includes beaches, protected coves, and a bold headland. A hiking trail from the parking area through the woods to the rocky headland allows beautiful views of Cobscook Bay.

This park was named for sea captain John Shackford who was born in 1753 at Newbury/Newburyport, Massachusetts. Shackford acquired the head not long after he came to Eastport and used Broad Cove for his ship's anchorage and he came with his family about 1783.

Shackford Head Overlook offers a spectacular view of the Canadian islands of Campobello and Grand Manan, New Brunswick. Here you can see Atlantic Salmon cages; the Eastport cargo pier on Estes Head; Treats island; the town of Lubec; Roosevelt Cottage and International Park. On the beach below you will discover the first of two fossil areas that are within the park boundaries. The other area is on the Schooner Trail near the two land bridges.