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What a perfect day! We arrived at parking lot around 11;30 or noon- it's a bit confusing to find... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mystic, Connecticut
Great Memorial Day Hike!

Wonderful views of the bay, large sand dunes, and wildlife. Soft sand makes the walk moderate, but... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sean M
Waterford, Connecticut
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“great hike” (6 reviews)
“high tide” (11 reviews)
“wooded area” (3 reviews)
Wellfleet, MA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a perfect day! We arrived at parking lot around 11;30 or noon- it's a bit confusing to find the actual trail, we circled a bit before figuring out which direction to head. You have to walk down towards marsh,and head to the right to...More

1  Thank hsmamatotwo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful views of the bay, large sand dunes, and wildlife. Soft sand makes the walk moderate, but others not too hard. Be sure to be mindful of the tides as sections of trails will get flooded.

2  Thank Sean M
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I love this walk. Give yourself a day and take your time going all the way around. Watch for high tide, though - you might not be able to leave without wet feet! Great wildlife - Monarchs on Goldenrod - lots of crabs! - and...More

Thank AmyNorthCarolina
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We rarely encounter many people on this trail. Perhaps the word has gotten out that it is not for the casual hiker. Sandy trails, no shade, and tidal transformations can take their toll, so follow the advice of some of the other reviewers and plan...More

1  Thank Two-Baby-Boomers
Reviewed 23 September 2016

This is at least a seven mile walk if you do the entire loop. It's loose sand on the ocean side which is difficult walking. On the "gut" side it was harder land but depending on the tide it could be wet. there was a...More

Thank fishingchic
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I love the National Seashire hikes. I have never been able to complete this trail. I first tried in my twenties. I was an advid hiker walking three hours a day & I still had trouble. I'm a year rounder so I have many opportunities....More

Thank Barbara E
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The trail is mostly level, but many stretches have deep, loose sand that makes walking very difficult. The area is scenic and very lovely. If you are energetic, please enjoy.

Thank Traveljunkie26
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The whole west side of this "trail" is walking straight on the beach. It's completely exposed to sun and wind, but does have nice views. The biting flies were really persistent, so have tons of bug spray. There were almost no markers, as well, which...More

2  Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Nice beach hike. There is good variety and a nice change of scenery between beach and wooded areas. The hike is moderate and can vary in length.

Thank jasonp81
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Great trail! The trail was easy to follow and clean. The beaches were beautiful and there crabs throughout many parts of the trail. Unfortunately we didn't see any seals but the overall experience was good. We would definitely walk this trail again!

Thank Dariana B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How long is the trail and where can I find a map?
15 June 2016|
Response from Mark H | Reviewed this property |
Dear JW: Good question! The National Park Service offers a couple of guide documents and maps online. Do a Web search for "National Park Service" plus "Great Island" plus "filetype:pdf". The complete trail is a loop that... More