Great Point Lighthouse


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Trail Information

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  • Trail Length: 5.36 (one-way)
  • Elevation Gain: 3 feet
  • Route Type: Out-and-back
  • Dog Policy: Allowed

Lighthouse Specs

  • Originally Constructed: 1784
  • Current Tower Constructed: 1986 (third tower on this point)
  • First Lit: 1986 (current tower)
  • Construction: Stone, concrete, and plastic
  • Tower Shape: Cylindrical
  • Height: 70 feet 
  • Focal Height: 72 feet 
  • Markings: White tower with covered way and white framed dwelling. The lantern room is black.
  • Characteristic: Flashing white light every 5 seconds with a red sector from 084° to 106°
  • Range: White light has a range of 14 nautical miles and the red light has a range of 12 nautical miles
  • Status: Active
  • NRHP Number: 82005272


  • Address: Great Point
  • Town: Nantucket
  • State: Massachusetts
  • GPS: 41.390114, -70.048252
  • Parking Notes: Visitors can park at the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge Gatehouse and walk to the lighthouse. The more popular option is to get a permit to drive right out to the lighthouse.
  • Parking Directions: HERE (gatehouse directions)
  • Location Directions: HERE


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