Located at the mouth of the Penobscot River, Bucksport is the perfect intersection of history, nature, industry, and culture. A walk along the town’s million-dollar walkway gives visitors a glorious view of the tidal harbor and of Fort Knox, a fully casemated granite fort (circa 1844). Also visible from the walkway is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory.
At the east end of the walkway, pedestrians can gaze across the river at the spot on Verona Island where Admiral Robert Peary’s ship Roosevelt was built in 1905.
A small coastal town founded in 1792, Bucksport is believed to be the basis for the fictional town Collinsport in the 1960s TV show Dark Shadows (and the 2012 movie by the same name starring Johnny Depp).
Bucksport’s Main Street boasts its own independent bookseller, Bookstacks, and features its own independent movie theater, The Alamo, supported by Northeast Historic Film, which is headquartered at the same location.
A summer jaunt into Bucksport means visitors can enjoy a favorite local treat, an ice cream from Wahl’s Dairy Port, known to locals as “the ice cream parlor.” For those wanting to wet their whistle or grab a bite to eat, several year-round restaurants cater to those seeking everything from fresh seafood to vegetable chow mein.
An annual Bay Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors to town each summer for food, fun, and fireworks, with other seasonal celebrations including a Halloween-themed Ghostport festival and winter-themed Frost Fest.
Dozens of miles of hiking trails are available free to the public year-round for hiking, jogging, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, and dogs on leashes are welcome. Within half an hour of downtown Bucksport, there are also 11 lakes and ponds, many of which are open to the public for swimming, fishing, kayaking and boating, as well as sites for camping, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and mountain biking.
In nearby Winterport, come spend enjoyable days at the race track taking in many different events including shows. See an array of cars, trucks and more! Race Nostalgia Day is Aug 4 (rain date: Aug 11).
And for those looking for a break on the long car ride to Bar Harbor or points east along the coast, Bucksport offers two excellent playgrounds within minutes of Main Street.
For those wishing to extend their stay, local accommodations include an off-grid lakeside B&B, two motor inns and a Hotel with water views. The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, located on Main Street, welcomes visitors year-round and includes an information booth that is open 24 hours a day.