Swan’s Island is located in Blue Hill Bay, approximately six miles by Maine State Ferry from Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.

The 7,000-acre island is heavily wooded with the typical rocky coastline of Maine. Besides the historic Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station, the island offers visitors spectacular scenery, several historic points of interest, and an opportunity to enjoy a more relaxed, natural pace of life. Swan’s Island is home to 300 year-round residents and 700 additional seasonal residents during the summer months.

Places To Go & Things To See

The Swan’s Island Lobster & Marine Museum

The Swan’s Island Lobster and Marine Museum is located about 100 yards from the island’s ferry terminal. It has a unique collection of local artifacts that tell the fishing industry’s story on Swan’s Island. The museum is open June through September, Monday-Friday, 11 am – 3 pm. For more information, visit the website, find the Museum on Facebook, or call 207-526-4423.

Swan’s Island Library

Swan’s Island Library

The library is located at 451 Atlantic Rd. The Swan’s Island Library offers visitors books, magazines, historical and art exhibits, movies, DVDs, 24-hour internet access, and more. The Library hosts many cultural and educational events throughout the summer. See https://swansislandeducationalsociety.org/

Swan’s Island Historical Society

The Historical Society is located at 9 North Road. The Historical Society offers visitors exhibits, materials and objects explaining and pertaining to the history of the town of Swan’s Island, See https://www.swansislandhistory.org/

Events & Festivals

The Town Office is located at 125 Harbor Road. Many events take place at the Oddfellows Hall, 100 Harbor Rd.

Visitors should check the Town Office bulletin boards and the Town website for information on special events, including Sunday Morning Pancake Breakfasts, July 4th Celebrations, Lobster Dinner at the Firehouse the Sweet Chariot Music Festival.

Town Office

The Swans Island Town Office is located at 125 Harbor Road and offers visitors information, potable water, and the island Post Office.

Mill Pond Park

Mill PondMillpond Park is located on Minturn Road and looks out across Burnt Coat Harbor. The park has a picnic area, grills to cook on, a flower garden, and a playscape for younger children.

Beaches & Hiking

There are 1.8 miles of marked trails in the lighthouse park area.
There is a trail maintained by Maine Coast Heritage Trust at High Head Beach. There is a right of way from Jericho Bay Road to Fine Sand Beach. There is a cross-island trail (Goose Pond Road) from Stanley Point Road to Goose Pond and Atlantic Road.

There are four beaches with public access. Two are in the lighthouse park, Long Point Beach and Burying Point Beach. The other two, marked on the map, are Carrying Place Beach and Fine Sand Beach. Carrying Place Beach is the only beach that is easily accessible by car. Hiking trails and beaches are marked on the printable island map.

Baird’s Quarry

Baird’s Quarry

Bairds Quarry (“the quarry pond”) is a popular spot for freshwater swimming and a great place for a picnic. It is located on Quarry Pond Road, just off the Minturn Loop.

Boat Charter, Water Taxi, Eco Tours

Water taxi and eco-tours including locally guided small group lobster, puffin and sightseeing charters. Perfect for all ages, it will be the highlight of your group’s summer adventures. Tour with a local. www.swansislandcharters.com

Geocaches on the Island

There are several geocaches on Swan’s Island, including three linked caches on Hockamock Head, plus one at Baird’s Quarry and Noah’s Ballast.

What Visitors Have To Say

Our stay at the lighthouse keepers apartment was lovely. the place has been decorated in a simple and serene way and the kitchen had all we needed. The view and location is splendid and all involved with the property were friendly.

- Teresa, September 2023

Our stay at the lighthouse — and our week on Swan's Island — exceeded expectations. We packed light, arrived via bikes, and easily navigated the island without a car. Tracy and everyone we met welcomed us and went out of their way to make us feel at home. We felt very privileged to stay in this thoughtfully restored historic building. Kudos to the tireless volunteers! We look forward to returning.

- Tekla, September 2023

The Lightkeeper’s apartment is a unique and beautiful treasure, not to be missed! I feel like I want to tell everyone I know about this cozy, charming little place, yet at the same time keep it a secret; to be shared only amongst those who know. You get to live in a lighthouse, on an island, off the coast of Maine!!! Need I say more?!?

- Dillon September 2023

This was the trip and stay of a lifetime! New England and island life at its best. We had the opportunity and fortune to meet some of the nicest people ever! Swans Island people gave us a giant welcoming hug!!

- Susan and family, July 2021

Our hosts were WONDERFUL and helpful, and being able to go up into the lighthouse tower was amazing. An all around unforgettable experience. THANK YOU!

- Michael and Kurt, June 2021

This is our first time to Swan’s Island and the Keeper’s House Apartment….How lucky we are to have found this treasure! We loved our week of peace, nature, and beauty. The shimmering water, the ever-changing sky and clouds, the trails in the woods …made for a restorative week.

- Paul and Bonnie, August 2020

This place quietly, simply, intoxicates you. Senses are full; smell, sights, sounds … yet not enough to overwhelm, just enough to soothe, just enough to make you fully aware of the natural gift Hockamock offers.

- Conrad and Michelle, August 2020

What a perfect holiday!! … Heaven on earth …lobster every night for dinner, fabulous hikes, amazing kayaking, spectacular sunsets…But perhaps the most cherished memory is the kind and lovely people of this island….

- Mary Beth & Michael, Sept. 2020

I have always wanted to stay at a lighthouse and now my dream has come true! The keeper’s quarters and the entire lighthouse park completely exceeded my expectations! Thanks for providing everything my son and I needed for a perfect stay and such amazing hospitality….

- Kristin and Izak, Sept. 2020

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 bell buoy ringing in the channel. Wonderful sunsets.

- Mike and Kathy, September 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 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 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 2018

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

- Ronald and Janet, July 2018

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

- Lee, June 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 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 are amazing. The quality of the Keeper's house (2nd floor) is excellent. It is fresh, well decorated, and spacious.

- Mary, July 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 2017