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Great Island Trail

Wellfleet, MA
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Wellfleet
Type: Beaches, Trails
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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176 reviews 176 reviews
17 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We've done a number of great seaside hike in New England including many in Maine. Great Island Trail outside of Wellfleet, Massachusetts offers challenges of its own, but also unparalleled beauty. Yes, pay attention to high tide. We were there during high tide and had no problems, but it's easy to see that one could have issues during high winds... More

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Wilton, New Hampshire
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It was great, it is a tough hike as a lot of it is on the beach sand. We enjoyed every minute of it though. A lot of reviewers before did recommend looking into the tides, which we didn't. I would suggest to do that, as we got caught in the high tide on the way back and had to... More

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27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This hike provides a mix of woods, beach and marsh. The views alone make this trail worth it. We went out early in the morning and we were the only people on the beach for a while. On the walk we saw about 7-8 seals close to the shore line. The tides do come in quick through the marsh so... More

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Midwest, USA
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I've been doing this hike for so many years and just can't get enough. It has a drama and a poetry to it. The farther out you get, the more unusual and remote it becomes. You can do a mini version with kids or go for the whole enchilada (Rollwich, perhaps). LOVE IT!

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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is one of our favorite hikes on the Cape. It's not a short walk so bring water and snacks. The views along some sections are lovely but be aware you are in the woods for quite a while.

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Portland, Maine
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173 reviews 173 reviews
32 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

My sister and I took this 7-mile loop, full-day hike for our first time while vacationing on the lower cape. It was a gorgeous, warm September day at low tide, and while people elsewhere were sweating like crazy with temps nearing 100 degrees in Boston, we were a comfortable, breezy 82 degrees. We brought plenty of water and lunch to... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Before I embarked on this hike, I stopped at the visitors center and the rangers were very helpful in describing the trail and providing trail guides. Love to read the history of a place I visit and this added to the experience of the hike. Was able to complete the entire 8 miles in 3 hrs. Never a dull moment... More

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

On a recent visit to Eastham, my son recommended a hike he had taken, so we visited the Great Island Trail. It was just beautiful, very serene. We walked along a sand trail and on the beach a while. Just a beautiful scene!!

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts, United States
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91 reviews 91 reviews
35 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We love to walk on Great Island and very infrequently do we find a lot of people walking. This means that we can relax, enjoy the sights, smells and sounds all which adds up to a very pleasant, peaceful experience. Great exercise too!

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New York City, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is the prettiest hike we took in Cape Cod. You get to see unspoiled and uncrowned views of beeches, bays and woods. If you visit during low tide, if you wear water shoes and are willing to get a bit wet, you can could across the bay.

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