Great Island Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Great Island Trail is a 7.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wellfleet, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
44 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail that takes you through beach, marsh, and forest. Go at low tide if you’d like a smoother walk along the beach. Our GPS clicked this at 6.1 miles, not 4.7, but we parked on the road rather than the trailhead lot.

9 months ago

Awesome day! Easy walk in the sand.

hiking
10 months ago

started the trail mostly marsh with a trail mostly sand. through a wooded area that isn't clearly marked but able to find our way back to the main trail. this portion is a wide path, sand, pine needles. lots of trees then circles back around to the marsh area. the last bit of the loop seems to closed, it is roped off and the signs say it is suberged. trail ends walking back in the beach, as u continue on the beach there is a large house near the parking area but couldn't find a marked exit off the beach back to the parking area....2 sets of stairs....one marked private. took the other set that lead to woods near the house where the owner of the home came outside yelling we were on private property.....even though the stairs up the dunes were not marked. apologized for not being sure of the trail as she continued to tell us all this land is private....guess she owns the national seashore of wellfleet....not worth your time

10 months ago

beautiful early morning walk on the water

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Very good trail, combination of beach, marsh and woods. The scenery is beautiful!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wonderful hike for a beautiful Thanksgiving Day with family. It is more like 6 miles if you do the whole loop. A good workout.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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!

hiking
Saturday, January 11, 2014

8 miles to Jeremy Point round trip, sandy trails

hiking
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beautiful summer hike

walking
Friday, May 10, 2013

Beautiful walk, lots of birds, great day.

hiking
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pines and BEAUTIFUL empty soft sand beach.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2011

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.

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