Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
225.00 ft (68.58 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.73 mi (1.17 km)
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This 15-acre island near Cutler, Maine, offers an unforgettable adventure. Here you can explore the island’s woods and rocky coast and get an up-close look at the island’s lighthouse, all on the same hike.

Friends of Little River Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, offers overnight lodging in the keeper’s house and special free open houses when you may explore the island and hike the trail. The Friends of Little River Lighthouse will even provide free boat transportation to the island from the town landing in Cutler. Children must have their own life jackets.

Once you dock at Little River Island, there is a half-mile hike across the island on a wooden plank walkway to get to the lighthouse. Explore the area, enjoy climbing on the rocks and listening to the rhythmic sound of the foghorn. Then hike the perimeter portion of the trail where you can watch fishing boats pass by, see shore birds diving for food, and discover crab shells in the forest.

Check the website for the next open house date to enjoy this unique adventure.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

No

Open from

June 15 to September 30

Pros

Walk to lighthouse. Beautiful combination of woods and rocky shore to explore.

Cons

Accessible during occasional open house or with lighthouse lodging.

Trailhead Elevation

10.00 ft (3.05 m)

Highest point

62.00 ft (18.90 m)

Net Elevation Gain

52.00 ft (15.85 m)

Features

Wildlife
Family friendly
Big vistas
Lighthouse
Historically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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