Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham: Address, Phone Number, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
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Birdwatchers flock to this Cape Cod wildlife habitat with a special emphasis on migratory birds.
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Foldvary
Peachtree City, GA3 contributions
How to access Monomy National Wildlife Refuge
Sep 2021
It was beautiful! Directions getting there are somewhat confusing. Here is what I was able to find:

"Due to severe bluff and beach erosion the boardwalk and staircase that had once led to the beach have been removed. Access to the refuge beach and trails is through the private path with a deeded public right of way to allow access to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) lands off Tisquantum Rd.

To get there park your car in the refuge parking lot and walk to the end of Wikis Way (the refuge driveway), turn left, and follow Tisquantum Rd. for about a quarter mile through the neighborhood until you reach a split rail fence on your left and a "Private Path" sign. Please respect the private property of our neighbors by staying on the road until you reach the path."
Written September 21, 2021
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Cecelia
Burlington, MA16 contributions
Beautiful Beach!
Jul 2021 • Family
Great place for a few hours of fun before leaving Cape Cod. There was a good amount of parking. The visitor center was closed due to COVID-19, but there was a helpful visitor kiosk in its place. The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was because of the bathrooms. Usually Monomoy has one person bathrooms with real sinks and such, but now it has port-a-potties, which is the same except a real bathroom is more sanitary. The real bathrooms were closed due to COVID-19. Also, it was a walk to get to the path to get to the beach and we walked right by it as it was not well marked from the road. Once we got to the beach it was very good. There was lots of wildlife and informative signs about ticks and wildlife. We saw horseshoe crabs and tons of birds. We were slightly disappointed as we didn’t see any seals, but nonetheless had a great experience! I saw some complaints about the ticks, but I say this should be treated as a hike in that sense. Many people don’t think of the beach as a very buggy place, but it isn’t unusual for place on Cape Cod to be like this. I would definitely recommend this place for families!
Written August 23, 2021
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,309 contributions
Morris Island Trail to Beach
Aug 2021 • Friends
So, if you don't have time or interest to get to Monomoy Island, the Morris Island area on the mainland is a WONDERFUL alternative. We parked outside the Park Center (now closed) and walked down the street ((surrounded by posh private homes) and took the. lovely hidden public trail down to the beach below. Then we sat for awhile and strolled the shore. Magnificent.
Written August 15, 2021
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Justine M
Maine2 contributions
Hidden gem
Jul 2021 • Family
We look forward to our trip year every Summer. You have to go during low tide to be able to enjoy the walk on the beach. Every year we see something different. One year a half eaten seal was washed on shore one year we found thousands of star fish. Yes there is a bit of a walk and big set of stairs to get down to the beach but beautiful views!!!!
Written July 2, 2021
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Alex Underwood
1 contribution
Not as advertised, this requires a 2+ mile walk, and my Dad didn't make it
Jun 2021
What they don't tell you is that this is a 2+ mile walk to the beach. There is no direct beach access. I don't know how they stay open. I had to put my Dad under a tree and run back to the car to come to pick him up. He had heat exhaustion. It's an unacceptable walk for children or grandparents and I'm not sure why it is even open. It really knocked a complete vacation day off the table. Later in the week we went to Lighthouse Beach, I dropped everyone off right at the beach and we had a lovely time. Much better experience.
Written June 21, 2021
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Carol H
Corinth, NY9 contributions
should have visited sooner
Jun 2021
unfortunately, the boardwalk has washed away. We were still able to walk down to the water, but it was by walking through a neighborhood to get to the path.
Written June 14, 2021
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Kristin P
Orleans, MA1 contribution
Don't waste your time!
May 2021
Not what it used to be! This area has changed drastically over the past year and not for the better. The bluffs have eroded so much that the stairway to the beach has been closed permanently and there is no longer any beach to enjoy. Very limited parking and no facilities. Tons of ticks and poison ivy everywhere. Not a fun day! Check out Nauset Beach or Hardings Beach instead.
Written May 29, 2021
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K.S. Mont
1 contribution
Avoid Monomoy Beach and Wildlife Refuge!
Apr 2021
The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge was VERY disappointing. There are NO amenities, guides or assistance, Rest rooms have been replaced with disgusting, spider filled port-o-potties. The ticks along the path are horrifying. The walkways are gone, as is the beach. We had to climb over trees and rocks to get to a thin sloped beach. The water was cold, the wind biting and there was nowheree to get out of the wind. Great place for wildlife, terrible for human vacationers.
Written May 11, 2021
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M G
1 contribution
No beach here
Apr 2021
Don’t waste your time here. There are much better beaches in Chatham, like Harding’s where you can walk out to the old lighthouse, or up to the National Seashore beaches in Eastham, where you can take long walks on wide stretches of beautiful beach. Due to erosion this past year the Monomoy beach is not accessible. The stairs have been removed; and there are no facilities.
Written May 10, 2021
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Fred S
1 contribution
No beach access
Apr 2021
No access to the beach any more due to erosion. Limited viewing even of the water due to the trails being closed. Ticks are prevalent, parking is very limited. No longer worth the effort. I would recommend heading to the National Seashore or Race Point up in Ptown.
Written May 10, 2021
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