Trail Work Planned for Fall

Long Point Beach TrailNew trail entrance for Long Point Beach Trail

Many folks walking the Hockamock Head trails have been disappointed to find a section of the Long Point Beach trail (the oceanside trail) temporarily closed. The Town closed the trail on the advice of trail experts because a section of the trail had become unstable due to erosion over the winter months. Check out the photo – which shows a significant void, too close for comfort to the cliffside portion of the trail.

But help is on the way! Working with the Town, the Town Lighthouse Committee applied to the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), which has expert trail building teams. (MCC teams were hugely helpful in building the original trails around Hockamock Head.) We have just heard that our application for a trail building team has been accepted, and the MCC team will be on the island in October. So hopefully, before the fall weather closes in, we will be able to reopen the trail. The fix for the damaged section of the trail is not easy (or cheap). The MCC team will construct a new trail entrance, up hill from the old entrance, and will build steps to connect the new entrance with the old trail, well below the damaged section. The cost of this work will be close to $8,000. In order to get the work done as quickly as possible, Friends of the Swan’s Island Lighthouse (FOSIL) has agreed to meet the cost. FOSIL is a non-profit corporation that raises funds to assist the Town in restoring and maintaining the light station and the trails. Thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern about this situation. If you would like to help out with the cost of this emergency repair, you can contribute to FOSIL on line (see Donate link on this page) or send a check to the FOSIL Treasurer, Bob Pickup, at Box 213, Swans Island, ME 04685.

What Visitors Have To Say

The apartment, the weather, the people, the beach, the trails and especially the views have been exceptional.

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 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

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

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

Took our weekly vacation on Swans Island, really enjoyed our great times there with our family & friends.

- Edith, April 20, 2016

I cannot express the gratitude I have for all of the dedication and hard work that has been given to the restoration of such a beautiful Light House.

- Kathy, July 2, 2017

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- Barbara, August 18, 2017

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- Spencer, July 10, 2017