Great Island Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wellfleet, MA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
It's a great place Great Island. What I didn't expect was the amount of walking in soft sand...'twas a bit draining. Also it it's longer that stated. More like a 6 mile loop.
It had a lot of everything. Groomed hard packed beach trails, marshes, challenging soft sand beaches, narrow forest trails, sun, shade, gentle hills, flat coastal areas, hermit crabs, minnow-filled tide pools, 450-million year old horseshoe crabs, etc. Well marked, but good luck finding the 18th C. Whaler's Tavern. Don't know why it's marked moderate; it's quite easy, and as long as you want it to be.
Very beautiful hike! I did this with a 40lb pack to train for the Lost Coast Trail in California. I went a total of 6.3 miles in 3:34 minutes. The loose sand makes it quite hard to keep your footing. Trekking poles helped a lot!
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8 miles to Jeremy Point round trip, sandy trails
Beautiful summer hike
Beautiful walk, lots of birds, great day.
Pines and BEAUTIFUL empty soft sand beach.
The great island trails is a great place to go if you are in or plnning to travel to the Wellfleet area. It is a nice long, easy trail with minimal elevation. It is a great walk along the beack in most areas and there is a nice part of it towards the middle sections with some coniferous forests. The end of the trail is also a grea tplace to watch the sunset. There is also a side trail that leads to a historic former site of a 17th century whaling tavern for those interested in the local history. The only things you really need to be aware of is that you need to bring your own water as it will feel like a desert out there especially in summer and to wear enough sunscreen as well.