The only passage through the sand hills south of Cascumpec Bay is Hardy’s Channel, which is guided by Little Channel Lighthouse and Little Channel Back Range. On August 20, 1877, two range light towers were first lit. The front range was a 6.1 meter (20 foot) open skeleton tower while the back range, generally known as the Hardy’s Channel Lighthouse, was a square 9.1 meter (30 foot) tower. They were 60.3 meters (198 feet) apart. Automated in April 1947, the tower was purchased as a residence in 1972 and moved to Freeland. William Hardy was keeper for approximately 50 years.
The Hardy’s Channel / Little Channel Lighthouse is located at the end of a long private road, so the best public views of the lighthouse are from across the inlet from Howard’s Cove Seafood Limited.
Take Route # 173 North from Freeland and then turn left onto Smith Road from where a distant, partial view of the lighthouse is possible. Maybe you might find a fisherman who will give you a water view!