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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

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Need a four wheel drive car, otherwise 3-4 hour walk each way

It is a very beautiful place on the island, unfortunately if you intend to walk, plan for the whole... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Lada K
Beautiful — but if you decide to hike, be prepared !

We took a Uber to the park gate and walked part of the trail towards the lighthouse but not all the... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
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Discover this ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors, and shorebirds play. Explore sand dunes and small coastal forests, salt marsh and tidal ponds, on 16 miles of trails and sand roads. We also offer guided over-sand vehicle...more
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Wauwinet Rd, Wauwinet, Nantucket, MA 02554
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

It is a very beautiful place on the island, unfortunately if you intend to walk, plan for the whole day hike as you’ll be walking in deep sand for hours. There is a beautiful wide path along the beach, mobile toilets on every mile or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Lada K
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

We took a Uber to the park gate and walked part of the trail towards the lighthouse but not all the way. We saw a couple of hikers and lots of 4x4 (tours and private cars). If the sun is strong, bring a lot of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Rented Jeep and drove miles on beach. Saw seals, seagulls, and eagles nest with adult eagles feeding chicks, found big seashells, and otherwise had a blast. You pay 25 bucks for day pass at gate and let air out of your tires until they register...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Diane L, Manager at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

Hi-I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit! The large birds nesting are ospreys, very similar to eagles, but I don't want any rumors to get out that we have eagles here. Also, the permit for rental jeeps is $45, just so others who read this...More

Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

We joined a tour from the the Trustees and our guide Barry Toole us all over the refuge. The wildlife and scenery are splendid. We even saw a seal!More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Diane L, Manager at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

I am so glad you enjoyed your tour with Barry! He is one of our best and his knowledge of the island and property is endless. Thanks so much for coming out, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world (I've been...More

Reviewed June 17, 2018

6 of our family members had a fantastic tour with Barry, of this obscure end of Nantucket. We saw seals, many birds who were nesting, a mother feeding her chick, climbed to the top of the Great Lighthouse and more. This was well worth the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Diane L, Manager at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

I'm so glad you enjoyed your tour with Barry! Good timing on your part to get to climb the lighthouse as a bonus. Not every trip can do that. Thanks so much for your review. Diane Lang

Reviewed April 5, 2018

We went on a jeep tour of the Refuge. The beaches are beautiful and we saw tons of birds and seals. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and excellent. Definitely the best part of our trip.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Melissa C
Diane L, Manager at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

So glad you enjoyed your tour!

Reviewed November 15, 2017

Our last morning, we reserved a seat on the 8 passenger Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition Trustee tour bus to see this remote part of the island. Our driver, an interesting local man, filled us in on local lore, stopped on request, and explained the ecology...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 15, 2017

Beautiful beach but aren't they all? I ran four miles on the VERY soft sand but found decent purchase in the tracks of the cars that had recently passed. Very scenic, saw a seal. Very tough for hiking or running with the sand being so...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Well, might be nice - but we will never know. We made a reservation to be picked up in town and the driver never showed. After repeated calls, they finally called back 1/2 hr after the pickup time and said the driver made a mistake....More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Diane L, Manager at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

Hi Ron- Any chance you might come back this summer and give us a chance to make up for that mistake? Diane 508-228-6799

Reviewed June 18, 2017

Choose between a tour, renting an overland-vehicle, a very long hike, but get to the reserve. Yes it's expensive: In the shoulder season (June) a licensed 'Over-Sand' Jeep costs about $200. when it's all said and done. $45. for the entry (vehicle and all passengers)....More

Date of experience: June 2017
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marym12
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Response from fpollnac | Property representative |
On the Coskata Coatue Web page, there is an 'upcoming things to do' section on the right side. If you click on "Natural History Tours' there, it will take you to a page that has information about the tours and how to book... More
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nygal123
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge (0 Replies)
Has anyone been on this tour before? Is it worth it? Also, has anyone been while pregnant?
July 16, 2015|