Rockport to Thacher Island Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Less than a mile off Rockport, Thacher, the 50-acre rockbound island marked by its twin light stone towers, has both history and nature in abundance. The good news is that in 2000, the Coast Guard replaced the wood landing ramp wiped out in 1998’s Perfect Storm; after a five-year hiatus it is now possible to land on the island again. Boardwalks and railways crisscross the island’s interior.
A well-worn path leads both to the north and to the south parts of the island. If you visit in summer, you can use this path. In June, the island’s lush plant life—pink morning glories, beach rose, and blackberries— blooms effusively. Thousands of fuzzy baby gulls make their parents aggressive and territorial. Some people hike the island with a kayak paddle overhead to ward off marauding parents."