Altar Rock - Moorish Delight Trail

Nantucket, Massachusetts

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This moderate walk is but a brief introduction to the Middle Moors, a vast tract of rolling hills, kettle ponds, and cranberry bogs in the heart of Nantucket. Although John Muir derided sheep as “hoofed locusts” for their decimation of Yosemite’s vegetation, sheep and other livestock grazing on Nantucket in the 1800s, along with poor soils and salty air, helped create the grasslands and heathlands enjoyed today by walkers, bicyclists, birders, nature enthusiasts, and others. Land managers use various techniques to help keep land free from encroaching trees and shrubs.
Walking the Cape and Islands

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Walking the Cape and Islands

by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)

This moderate walk is but a brief introduction to the Middle Moors, a vast tract of rolling hills, kettle ponds, and cranberry bogs in the heart of Nantucket.

Although John Muir derided sheep as “hoofed locusts” for their decimation of Yosemite’s vegetation, sheep and other livestock grazing on Nantucket in the 1800s, along with poor soils and salty air, helped create the grasslands and heathlands enjoyed today by walkers, bicyclists, birders, nature enthusiasts, and others. Land managers use various techniques to help keep land free from encroaching trees and shrubs.

©  David Weintraub/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nantucket
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Siasconset
Driving Directions: Directions to Altar Rock - Moorish Delight Trail

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