There’s something about lighthouses – lifesaving beacons, standing lonely and beautiful on rugged coasts and rocky islands – that draws the love of visitors everywhere.
Not only can you visit two iconic lighthouses on Trustees properties, but several other reservations reward with views of lighthouses along the Massachusetts coast.
Cape Poge, Martha’s Vineyard
Anchoring the northeast point of Chappaquiddick Island at the far eastern corner of the Vineyard, Cape Poge Light (open for seasonal tours) has been aiding sailors and inspiring visitors for more than two centuries.
Coskate-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket
Like its cousin on Cape Poge, Great Point Lighthouse stands guard at the tip of a similar barrier beach, and also is open for seasonal tours. The current stone tower replicates the lighthouse that fell to a 1984 storm.
Turkey Hill, Hingham and Cohasset
From the broad field atop this 187-foot drumlin, you can see across Boston Harbor to Boston Light (the nation’s oldest) on Little Brewster Island and, just to the north, smaller Graves Light.
World's End, Hingham
Enjoy a leisurely stroll out to this spectacular peninsula’s farthest hill. Settle in on a bench and gaze across the long arm of Hull, beyond which you can spot Boston Light marking the entrance to the harbor.
Misery Islands, Salem Sound
The lighthouse on Baker’s Island has been guiding ships in and out of Salem Harbor for more than two centuries. You can enjoy a great view of the beacon (automated since 1972) from the southeast side of Great Misery Island.
Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Gaze seaward from the emerald expanse of the Ocean Lawn to take in a memorable North Shore panorama, framed by Baker’s Island Light and Gloucester’s Eastern Point Light.