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“Get away from it all and walk peacefully”
Review of Great Island Trail

Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Wellfleet
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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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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 visit Cape Cod we head out to Great Island and let our worries disappear!

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Just spent the weekend at the Cape and enjoyed our walk at Great Island Trail. This beautiful preserved piece of land encompasses many different terrains and you can walk it year round. We have visited this spot in rain, cold, and beauiful sunny days in the summer and winter. There is alot to see as well as historical sites on the walk. Park at the parking lot that is above the tidal area near the bridge. We parked near the bridge below once to put our kayaks in and made it back just in time before the extreme high tide got to the front wheel of my car. There are different trails for all levels of walkers and you can always end up on the beach if you want an easier walk back. Take water and a snack if you decide to do Jeffreys Point, and again, check the tide if you go that far as the point is coverd when the tide comes in. Beautiful views, great easy walk for all and don't let a little rain keep you away. That said, heavy rains or really bad weather is not recommended for taking a walk there. Get out and enjoy this amazing place, you will feel like you are on your own island. Good kayaking spot as well, safe harbor to the left of the land and on the right around the point it can get a bit choppy depending on the weather.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is a magical place. Once you cross the island bridge, civilization lies behind you and harmony with nature and the way of the past awaits you. The parking lot is at the top of one of the only hills and has picnic tables and detailed maps. The trails bring you past Indian burial sites, along tidal flats, through jack pine meadows, past surprising monuments in the middle of nowhere and to the site of an old whaling tavern. It is worth picking up a wildflower and birding guide to bring with you - hawks, turns, gulls, wild cranberries, beachplums and sea lavender await you and it would be a shame not to recognize them. I've been visiting the area since the 1960's, when it was all owned by one family - the Hendersons-who cherished this haven and left it to nature even while living there. Not much has changed since their stewardship - that's what makes this such a wonderful and peaceful place! These are LONG hikes, so be prepared. And please, only visit if you are reverent of nature and will leave it as you find it.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is the second time we have done this hike and it was just as good as the first. There were 11 of us out there for about 5 hours. Started the hike at high tide so the beginning was a little tricky to avoid the water but all was good. Had our lunch at the point and headed up the beach to finish up. Plenty of wildlike, alive and dead. The boys enjoyed that for sure. Nice parking and easy to get to. The map could be a little more detailed at the site and online but all in all a great day.

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