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Misery Islands, Salem

Official Website:Misery Islands, Salem
Location:Salem Sound, Salem, MA
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Cost:Free see below
Other Ideas: Boston Harbor Islands; Purgatory Chasm State Reservation; Charles River Parklands; Arnold Arboretum; Horn Pond

Take a boat to Great Misery and hike past the remains of a former resort on the way to a mixed habitat of forest, small meadows, and rocky shore. Enjoy memorable views of Salem Sound and the North Shore. Great Misery features 2.5 miles of trails with moderate hiking.

A system of trails provides access to most parts of The Trustees' Great Misery Island, including spectacular overlooks, stony beaches, and grassy fields. Little Misery Island is accessible from Great Misery Island by wading across a narrow, shallow channel at very low tide.

On the beach of Little Misery can be seen the remains of the steamship, The City of Rockland, wrecked off the coast of Maine and scuttled here many years ago.


Open Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hours.


June through Labor Day: Trustees members FREE;
Rest of Year: FREE to all.
Admission charge for nonmembers: $5 for adults, $3 for children.


Salem Sound, Salem, MA map

Misery Islands are situated between the harbors of Marblehead and Manchester-by-the-Sea, 0.5 mi. off West Beach in Beverly Farms. Access by dinghy, canoe, or kayak at any of three rocky beaches.

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