Lighthouse Park Trails

Lighthouse Park TrailsThe Light Station is surrounded by a Town park, approximately 20 acres, including 1.8 miles of marked trails offering scenic views and access to two beaches. One trail is located on the ocean side of Hockamock Head and includes a cobble beach.

The other trail is located on the harbor side of Hockamock Head. It can lead the visitor to a sandy beach. All of the trails immerse the visitor in typical Acadian Spruce forest.

Trail entrances are marked. A map is posted at the Information Kiosk. Maps are available at the Keeper’s House during open hours.

Trails are of moderate difficulty, except for the ADA accessible trail. See below. Trails can be slippery in foggy and wet conditions. There are roots and rocks along the paths, which are steep in places.

Please exercise appropriate care at all times. The road into the park is not accessible in icy conditions and is not plowed in winter. There is a vault toilet near the Information Kiosk, which is open during the summer months.

Hammock Head Map

Long Point Beach Trail

Long Point Beach TrailsOn the ocean side of Hockamock Head, the Long Point Beach Trail can be accessed from the parking lot by the sign as you enter the park. The trail goes through spruce woods and over a bog bridge to rocky Long Point Beach, with views of Marshall Island. This portion of the trail borders private property. Please be respectful of this.

At the eastern end of Long Point Beach, an artists’ bench provides a place to stop before traveling the more difficult coastal path, joining the ADA Accessible trail. Stop at the natural stone bench at the end of the ADA trail. Here you will see spectacular ocean views of Marshall Island, Merchants Row, Isle au Haut, and the wind turbines on Vinalhaven. From the end of the ADA path, the trail loops through a patch of ferns into the dense forest, along the edge of a utility easement, and back down to the entrance parking lot.

Burying Point Trail

Burying PointOn the harbor side of Hockamock Head, the Burying Point Trail can be accessed from the summit parking lot or the trail behind the Light Station fuel house. This trail has a very different environment from the oceanside (Long Point Beach) trail. Beneath a forest canopy lies a stony, mossy path down a steep hill and along a high treed bank at the water’s edge.

The trail ends at Burying Point Beach. A return loop will take you up stone stairs to the summit parking lot. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, ospreys, and other coastal birds. A nature guide is available at the keeper’s house, an excellent resource for identifying common birds and plants on Hockamock Head and around the island. Also, pick up a free brochure on the geology of the headland.

The ADA Accessible Trail

The ADA Accessible TrailThere is a short (about 200 feet) hardpacked reclaim trail starting across the road from the summit parking lot leading to Hockamock Head’s summit, where there is a natural stone bench. The trail is a perfect way for people who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility to experience the natural environment with spectacular ocean views to the west and southwest. There is an ADA accessible vault toilet adjacent to the summit parking lot.

Trail to Burying Point Beach

Trail To The Tip Of Hockamock Head

Trail To Long Point Beach (Summit Trail part 1)

What Visitors Have To Say

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