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Great Island Trail

Wellfleet, MA
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Wellfleet
Type: Beaches, Trails, Outdoors
Fee: No
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Type: Beaches, Trails, Outdoors
Fee: No

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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123 reviews 123 reviews
17 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is about 4 miles, but it is very picturesque. I like it on off season when the crowds are minimal. You should get a tide chart and plan your hike around the tides. High tide means wet feet. The other thing to remember is that if the beach side is at the end, then on a cloudy day it... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Whether you're into exploring nature, hiking, kayaking, beach walking, sun bathing, fishing, photography, SUP or learning local history this place is a fantastic way to spend your time. Check the tides, bring your sunscreen, bring a stocked backpack & your choice of hydration. Relax and enjoy! Enough said...~♡~

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Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The trail is beautiful, well-maintained. There are three choices of distances for different abilities. The water comes on to the trail though, so you might want to wear waterproof sandals and roll up your pants!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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178 reviews 178 reviews
17 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Mass.
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93 reviews 93 reviews
18 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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212 reviews 212 reviews
39 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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augusta
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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