Bumpkin Island

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Bumpkin Island is best known as a quiet place to camp and enjoy nature. It has 10 smaller and one larger group campsites available. The island features winding trails, wildflowers, and the remains of an old hospital and stone farmhouse. There is also a slate and shell beach to explore. In low tide, the 32-acre island nearly doubles in size and a sandy spit appears, connecting it to Sunset Point in Hull.

Bumpkin Island was once home to a hospital for children with disabilities. The military used the island during World War I, and then it housed people with polio. The hospital closed and subsequently burned down in the 1940s. Since 1996, Bumpkin Island has been part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

Bumpkin Island is accessible by a seasonal ferry as well as private boats and boat tours.

Cover photo by Doc Searls via Flickr

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