Experience this beloved and iconic feature of Marblehead’s coastal landscape, situated in scenic Little Harbor.
Located at the end of a naturally occurring gravel land-bridge that’s exposed at low tide, Gerry Island is a neighbor to The Trustees’ Crowninshield Island. Together, these lands make up a modest portion of the Marblehead’s open space and afford stunning views of quintessential New England rocky coastline.
Experience this special place—visible from historic Fort Sewall and Marblehead’s Gas House Beach—on foot by walking across a rocky tombolo (or spit of land), which is accessible only around low tide. Journey by watercraft and duck into picturesque coves on either side of the island, explore the intertidal zone, and enjoy unique views of the historic Marblehead shoreline.
This property is open during normal hours. The Trustees asks that visitors follow social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all. For more information about our response to COVID-19, please click here.
When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1/2 hour.
FREE to all.
Marblehead, MA 01945
There is no dedicated parking, and that visitors are advised to seek legal street parking in the neighborhood.
Visitors are advised that the island can typically only be accessed within about 90 minutes of low tide. Be sure to check local tide listings before you head out to avoid getting stranded on the island by the incoming tide.
Access at low tide via causeway. Boat/kayak/SUP required during high tide. For your safety, we advise visitors to wear footwear suitable for walking across an uneven and slippery rocky shore. Unfortunately, due to the terrain and the slope leading up to the island, Gerry Island is not wheelchair accessible.
We have no trail map available at this time.
Trustees reservations are beautiful places with many interesting natural and man-made features. Sometimes, those features can be hazardous.
The Trustees State of The Coast report examines the sea level rise and storm surge impacts affecting coastal zone communities in Massachusetts.
With roughly 27,000 acres under management, The Trustees is devoted to protecting ecologically significant environments across our portfolio.
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Referenced in early records as Maverick’s Island, Gerry Island was owned in the mid- 18th century by Thomas Gerry, whose son Elbridge Gerry rose to prominence as a signer to the Declaration of Independence, Governor of the Commonwealth, and Vice President to President James Madison. He was also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, where he helped draft the Bill of Rights. While often best known as the inspiration for the term “gerrymandering” after he signed into law a redistricting bill that favored his party, Gerry’s contributions to our nation’s history were far more significant and profound.
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