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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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Wilton, New Hampshire
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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155 reviews 155 reviews
27 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We put in at the Chequesset bridge and paddled out to Jeremy's Point. A little over 2 miles each way. Stopped at the site of the old Tavern and swam off the point. Beautiful place! Hiking the trails also beautiful. There is a long, sandy stretch before you reach the trail-this part is tricky with small children. Every time we... More

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