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Swallowtail Lighthouse, Grand Manan

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
Take in stunning vistas and picturesque beauty at Swallowtail Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the region. Established in 1860, the active structure still boasts its original wooden tower, a rare sight these days. You'll need to descend over 50 stairs, traverse a wooden footbridge, and hike a gravel path to reach the lighthouse, but you'll be rewarded with fine views and a picnic area to enjoy a light snack. Bring along your binoculars and watch for eagles, seals, and even whales. Take a look at our Grand Manan vacation trip planner to schedule your visit to Swallowtail Lighthouse and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Swallowtail is the lighthouse you go past on the ferry, and it is amazing and more dramatic up close! The lighthouse keepers cottage is quaint and you can rent it (if you don't mind the possibility of...  more »
  • We are on a 7-week road trip from Florida and our visit to the lighthouse was great! After the previous day's rain, the grounds were green and lush...the water sparkling. Picture-perfect, with gorgeou...  more »
  • The lighthouse is very nice and the grounds surrounding it are absolutely beautiful. The views are incredible. The lighthouse was not open when we were there but we were told how great the views are f...  more »
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  • A must-see if visiting Grand Manan. It's a small hike from the parking lot to the lighthouse but well worth it for the views. If you go at the right time, you can watch the ferries come and go.
  • It was a good walk
  • Amazing place to see lighthouse,cliffs,suspension bridge,forest,camping grounds and Atlantic Ocean
  • Great walk to a very picturesque location. Interesting also. Avoid if fog horn is sounding.
  • This is an amazing place to visit. Perfect spot to watch the sunrise and the ferry come and go as it passes by. Best of all you can get a really good wifi signal in and around this area!