I am writing this to review both the Sankaty Head Lighthouse itself and the Cliff Walk (or "Sconset Bluff Walk") leading to it.
First, the Cliff Walk -- apparently this is a somewhat under-publicized attraction in Nantucket, which is quite understandable -- it literally winds through the backyards of local houses. By ordinance from the town/state/whatever authority, this little trail is carved out of private properties, and it is quite understandable that the locals don't really want people to know about it. What a view! From the bluff, you have the boundless Atlantic Ocean and Siasconset Beach on one side, and the prettily decorated Cape Cod-style local houses on the other. Every turn brings you a new, more breathtaking view.
The trail ends at an eroded point on the bluff, then you can cut to Baxter Road in the neighborhood. Another short walk takes you to the lighthouse. At the time of our visit the lighthouse was not open to visitors, but we were happy to enjoy the view from the bluff where it stands and of the lighthouse itself.
So, yes, this would be on the top of my list of things to do on Nantucket.
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