Salisbury Cove, Maine, is a picturesque little village located on the northern shore of Mount Desert Island in a cove that, when viewed on a map or from an airplane, appears to be held in the loving hand of mother nature. It is part of the municipality of Bar Harbor in Hancock County and is on a section of road that was once part of Route 3 before a bypass was added. Hence, it creates a quiet less-traveled enclave that seems to be from a bygone era. The tiny post office has often been seen with a lobster trap sitting next to the regular postal drop-off box - perhaps, for special deliveries.
Because of the cove's close proximity with the mainland to the north, views are of various lobster boats and other sea worthy craft traveling to and from their ports across the Eastern Bay. The scenes are often spectacular, especially in the early morning or late evening as the light touches the trees in the distance from the lower angle to the horizon.
You will appreciate the little traffic and quiet here. Taking a walk is advised to clear the mind and exercise the body. This is a wonderful spot to have as a home base during your visit to Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island. There are several directions to take in your exploration depending on your mood and the weather. Route 3 is the most traveled road. To the east will take you to Hulls Cove, the Acadia National Park Visitor Center, Bar Harbor, and more. To the west will take you to Trenton, Ellsworth, or, combined with U.S. Route 1, take you to Winter Harbor and the Schoodic Peninsula portion of Acadia National Park. A westerly direction will also connect with Route 102 which will take you to exceptionally beautiful villages of Somesville, Southwest Harbor, and Bass Harbor as well as Echo Lake. Directly south, across the current Route 3 from Salisbury Cove, is Norway Drive. This road will take you to the intersection with Crooked Road. Here, you will discover a unique historical structure called the Stone Barn Farm.
There is an important marine biomedical research institute in Salisbury Cove called Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDI Biological Lab). It was founded in South Harpswell, Maine by J.S. Kingsley of Tufts University but moved to Salisbury Cove in 1921 when they received an attractive land offer from an organization called the Wild Gardens of Acadia. This land-holding group was headed by George B. Dorr and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., both instrumental people in the founding of Acadia National Park.
The Salisbury Cove zip code is 04672.
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