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Gerry Island
northeast Marblehead, MA
1.5 acres
Photo Credit: Nicole Goodhue Boyd

Situated in Marblehead’s scenic Little Harbor, Gerry Island is a beloved and iconic feature of the area’s coastal landscape, and neighbor to The Trustees’ Crowninshield Island. Together, these make up a modest portion of the Town’s open space, and afford stunning views of quintessential New England rocky coastline. Recreationalists can explore this special place on foot by walking across a rocky tombolo, or spit of land, which is accessible only around low tide. Likewise, paddlers and boaters can duck into pictureesque coves on either side of the island, and beachgoers enjoy views of the island from the Town’s Gashouse Beach.

Ecologic & Scenic Value
Gerry Island is uniquely situated at the end of a naturally occurring gravel land-bridge exposed at low tide, allowing visits by foot. Visible from historic Fort Sewall and the town’s Gas House Beach, it is a popular destination for those seeking to explore the intertidal zone, enjoy unique views of the historic Marblehead shoreline, or visit by canoe or SUP.

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  • Regulations & Advisories
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Announcements & Alerts

If accessing the island by foot, for maximum time, plan to arrive one hour before dead low tide and leave by one hour after.

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