Much like the rest of coastal Lincoln County, Southport, Maine affords guests scenic vistas, tranquil neighborhoods, and a rugged coastline nonpareil. Settled by Europeans in 1623 and once called Cape Newagen Island, Southport incorporates the tiny villages of Southport, West Southport, Cape Newagen, and Squirrel island.
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Today it has less than 1,000 year-round residents, making our Southport, Maine vacation rentals a choice spot for solitude seekers. Nature lovers flock here for the bountiful grasslands and bird- and whale-watching sites. Lighthouse aficionados head here to admire two restored lights. Hikers come every summer and fall to traverse the 12 acres of peaceful tree-covered terrain near the ocean. It's Maine like it should be seen.
Like its bigger sisters to the north - Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, and East Boothbay - Southport boats myriad natural wonders. First-time visitors should hike the 12-acre, half-mile loop of the Hendricks Head Trail - operated by the Boothbay Land Trust - an easy hike, but one that has a few steep and slippery climbs. End the hike at the Hendricks Head Lighthouse at the mouth of the Sheepscot River. Originally constructed in 1829, the 40-foot brick lighthouse and the two-story cottage adjacent are the keepers of spooky tales, such as the infamous "Ghostlady of the Dark" who is said to wander the grounds late at night.
Cuckolds Lighthouse, built in 1892, sits on the opposite end of the island on a separate outcropping and boasts a short tower and a small inn. The Hendricks Hill Museum along the main thoroughfare features artifacts from the ancestors of current island residents as well pictures and navigational instruments.
Lincoln County offers abundant natural wonder in towns inside its environs. From Southport it's just a short drive north to other scenic towns in the Boothbay region such as fun-filled Boothbay Harbor, the garden paradise of Boothbay, and quaint East Boothbay. Nearby Nobleboro offers lakefront living at its finest, while Bar Harbor boasts the Acadia National Park and other scenic land.
Quiet and truly charming, Southport, Maine, is the perfect spot to relax and recharge. After staying at one of our Southport, Maine vacation rentals, you'll do just that.