Gay Head Moraine

Aquinnah, Massachusetts

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Three different environments (meadow, woodland and wetland) provide plenty of variety on this short hike through a section of this 90-acre preserve. A shorter universal access trail leads to a viewing platform that offers a panorama of Menemsha, the north coast and Vineyard Sound. Because of the wetlands, bring mosquito repellent. Following your climb up the short incline, you can rest on the wood plank bench and admire the views of Menemsha Village and the north shore. A variety of wildflowers grow in the meadow. Look for chicory’s bright blue blooms. Chicory not only is pleasing to the eye, it also was used as a love potion. Several hundred years ago a gentleman would drop its seeds in the drink of his favorite female in the hope that she would be more attentive to him. Chicory also has been used as a mild sedative, for skin irritations, and to prevent scurvy. It originally was brought from Europe so that settlers could continue to roast and grind its fat root for use as a coffee substitute. Now it is added to coffee beans to enhance their flavor.

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"Three different environments (meadow, woodland and wetland) provide plenty of variety on this short hike through a section of this 90-acre preserve. A shorter universal access trail leads to a viewing platform that offers a panorama of Menemsha, the north coast and Vineyard Sound. Because of the wetlands, bring mosquito repellent.

Following your climb up the short incline, you can rest on the wood plank bench and admire the views of Menemsha Village and the north shore. A variety of wildflowers grow in the meadow. Look for chicory’s bright blue blooms. Chicory not only is pleasing to the eye, it also was used as a love potion. Several hundred years ago a gentleman would drop its seeds in the drink of his favorite female in the hope that she would be more attentive to him. Chicory also has been used as a mild sedative, for skin irritations, and to prevent scurvy. It originally was brought from Europe so that settlers could continue to roast and grind its fat root for use as a coffee substitute. Now it is added to coffee beans to enhance their flavor."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Aquinnah
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Gay Head Moraine

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May 2018