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“Seals and Great White Sharks - WOW !”

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #4 of 48 things to do in Chatham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Birdwatchers flock to this Cape Cod wildlife habitat with a special emphasis on migratory birds.
Reviewed December 30, 2012

The seal colony is thriving, and attracting the great whites for dinner. Scenic cruises available. Beaches on the northern part of the Refuge have good hiking trails, and you can view sailboarders on windy days from the beach, or the nearby bluffs.

6  Thank docbruce
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

A beautiful spot which we visit every year. It has a small information center with very friendly volunteers inside. You can take a short or a long walk, as you wish. The nature is around you; forest, beach, ocean. You can see little crabs on the beach, variety of birds and seals playing with waves. Beautiful!

2  Thank Grazyna W
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a great spot to visit near to Chatham, MA. On Morris Island, the nearest location on foot to Monomoy Island, it has educational opportunities within the information center, a nice, short walking trail down to the beach, and has public restrooms. Great for bird watching and you're likely to catch a glimpse of some sealife too!

3  Thank Laura D
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Recent increases in the seal population have resulted in great white sharks during the summer months. Beach walks and seal tours might allow you a glimpse of these creatures.

3  Thank thirdtimeisacharm
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

My husband and I went here for a hike on the last day of our honeymoon. We were headed for Morris Island, which is the only part of the refuge that is walkable when the ferry isn't running (which is wasn't on a random Friday in September).

We plugged the refuge address into the GPS and away we went. All was going well until Morris Island Road seemed to run out and suddenly we were faced with a GINORMOUS sign that said "Private Property -- No Thru Traffic. Residents Only." This was especially confusing because just prior to this there was a sign that said "Monomoy Island Refuge Next Left." My husband and I were super confused. We noticed a bunch of cars parking along the side of the road and hopping the fence. So we thought "Ok, maybe this is what you do." But there are signs all over THAT land that say "Private Property" and "Beach for residents only."

We called the ranger station but no one answered. Their out going message stated the Refuge would be closed on August 27 due to Hurricane Irene (which was in 2011). This was September 14 2012....

Luckily, earlier in the week we had visited Reed Books in Harwich, and had struck up a delightful conversation with the proprietor. He had told us to visit and hike Monomoy/Morris Island, and to call during the rest of our honeymoon if we had any questions about anything Cape-related. After wandering around Morris Island and NOT being able to figure out where we were supposed to call, I called Mr. Reed, and he basically told me to ignore the first set of Private Property, No Thru traffic signs. Not that there isn't private property beyond them, but it's only a few houses, and the second left is the entrance to the refuge. Beyond THAT is a no-go for non-residents. Thank goodness he had told us to call him, because otherwise we would have missed out on a beautiful hike!

The trail is easy and the scenery is GORGEOUS. We had beautiful weather and walked along the beach for most of the trail, collecting sea shells for our nieces and taking photos. Tip: Visit MOrris Island/Monomoy Refuge after high tide....the beach is small and at high tide it looked like a lot of it would be submerged. Waiting until the tide has receded will give you tons of beach to walk on, and some cool tide pools to explore.

Monomoy/Morris Island is definitely a must visit, but the signs are confusing.

11  Thank jae2183
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