New Grant – Hockamock Head Trails will be completed in 2013!

We are delighted to announce that the Town has received a grant to complete the last section of the trail system around Hockamock Head — a return loop from the Burying Point to the summit parking lot.  This is the most challenging section of the trail system, and when finished, it will include about 40 stone steps and two water bars (the water bars are stone structures that control erosion).

The grant comes from the State of Maine Department of Conservation, Recreational Trails Program.  Total project cost for this section is $7,450 which includes a local contribution of $1,515.  Many individual gifts, large and small, will help to pay for the local contribution.

The trail builders will be a team from the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), who will be on the island for two weeks in July.  They will also install an information kiosk at the summit parking lot and a bike rack near the keeper’s house parking spaces.   When completed, the trail system will total almost two miles. 

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the trails project, including the many volunteers who have cleaned up blow-downs, cleared brush, carried crushed stone, installed chicken wire on cedar log bridges, hosted the MCC, and provided massive amounts of support and encouragement.  It wouldn’t get done without you!

Contact: [email protected]

What Visitors Have To Say

What a magic place. Sun and moon glinting off the water. The lighthouse beam in the trees, the sound of a gentle surf when the tide is in. The bellbuoy ringing in the channel. Wonderful sunsets …

- Mike and Kathy, Sept. 2019

The view out our window - moonlight on the ocean, porpoises, giant owls - plus the sound of the gong, and the wild berries…truly a special experience.

- Rebecca and Rich, August 2019

The apartment is beautiful. And the view is amazing! … We could not have asked for a better vacation. We plan to return!

- Ann and Dave, September 15, 2018

Thank you to ALL who made our stay so wonderful and relaxing. To the Islanders who told of trails to explore – Thank you!... We look forward to returning to this little piece of heaven on earth.

- Heather and Jamie, September 7, 2018

From the amazing Light Keeper’s House to the beautiful view from the porch of the same, the amazingly friendly people … and our daily hikes along this rugged Maine Coast … Everything was perfect …

- Leesa and Howard, August 10, 2018

Everything is magical! This is one of the best vacations! Ever!

- Ronald and Janet, July 13, 2018

The beauty you offer is immeasurable – the clarity of light, wind and Downeast character here recharged me.

- Lee, June 30, 2018

What a wonderful place! We were in awe the moment we arrived….What a quiet and peaceful location for a vacation.

- David and Lorie, June 15, 2018

You truly have a treasure…. perched out here atop the rocks with the vast sea at the doorstep…. we watched a bright moon spilling its light onto the water, listening to the music of the waves, and wondering anew at the stars emerging in the dark sky….

- Susan, September 2017

This has been a lifetime experience! The beauty of Swan’s Island can’t be described in words or photographs, for they just don’t do it justice….I look forward to coming back again next year!

- Lacy, September 2017

We just stayed there and it is tremendous. The view and setting is amazing. The quality of the Keeper's house (2nd floor) is excellent. It is fresh, well decorated and spacious.

- Mary, July 15, 2017

We are fortunate to have traveled to many places in this world, but still contend, by far, this is the prettiest place on earth. Stay in the keeper's house - you will not be disappointed!!!! It is special.

- Spencer, July 10, 2017