Spectacle Island

19 09 2011

MA - Boston - Spectacle Island

    • Location: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston, MA
    • Owner/Manager: Boston Harbor Islands Partnership/Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
    • Highlights: A scenic walk up the North Drumlin to a fantastic view of Boston Harbor from the tallest hill in the Boston Harbor Islands. Well worth the ferry ride out to the island, which is open part of Spring through Columbus Day.
    • Description: The 105-acre island has had many uses overtime including as a farm, glue factory, landfill and dumping spot for dirt from the Big Dig. The island was initially made of two small drumlins joined by a spit, before it expanded by 36 acres because garbage was dumped on it starting in the 1920s.  The island includes a marina, visitor center with exhibits about the island and a beach for swimming. (Source: National Park Service)
    • Directions: Spectacle Island is an island in Boston Harbor and is not accessible by car. Ferries leave from Long Wharf in Boston.
    • The Trail: 1.56 miles, round trip following the path outlined in the video (to be added in the future)
      1. From the ferry dock, head to left/north to the North Drumlin, following a couple of potential routes.
      2. Return on the same path or explore other routes back. It’s an island, so it is hard to get lost.
    • For an island map, see this PDF.
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