Gay Head Cliffs and Beach

Aquinnah, Massachusetts

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Aquinnah
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Gay Head Cliffs and Beach

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May 2018