Gay Head Cliffs and Beach

Aquinnah, Massachusetts 2535

Gay Head Cliffs and Beach

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Choose a clear sunny day to fully appreciate the panorama from the top of Gay Head Cliffs and for strolling along the beach. From the sand, your eyes will be drawn first to the majestic cliffs, rising steeply to flaunt their colorful striations and then to the beach-goers, in bathing and birthday suits, prancing in and out of the water and often wallowing—illegally—in the clay pits.

Although Gay Head changed its name to Aquinnah in 1998, the cliffs and lighthouse continue to be identified with the town’s former name. Bear left onto a gravel road to see the Community Baptist Church, the oldest American Indian Protestant church in continuous existence in North America. This little white church, with its nine rows of pews and pressed tin ceiling, first welcomed Wampanoags in 1859. The original nineteenth-century lamps light the small chapel; only now instead of using kerosene, the lamps use electricity."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
10 minutes
Best Spring through Fall

Activity Feed

Dec 2018