Monomoy Nwr Nature Trail

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain87ft
Trailhead Elevation48ft
Elevation Min/Max4/48ft
Elevation Start/End48/48ft

Monomoy Nwr Nature Trail

Monomoy Nwr Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Chatham, Massachusetts. It is within Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 48 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 87 feet. The 3, 1, and 2 information guideposts and the Visitor Center ranger station are near the trailhead. There are also a viewpoint, parkings, benches, restrooms, and a bicycle parking. Along the trail there are a wetland and a beach. The trail ends near the 5, 6, 4, 8, and 7 information guideposts.

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"Most of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is accessible only by boat, but this short and easy stroll on Morris Island lets visitors see some of the same birds and plants that make North and South Monomoy islands—the bulk of the refuge—such special places. This walk is best done on a falling or rising tide; avoid high tide, as the route may be flooded. During summer, bring insect repellent.

Boldface numbers in the description below refer to numbered markers along the trail, which are keyed to text in "Morris Island Trail," a brochure available at the visitor center or online. There are also interpretive panels along the trail, describing some of the area's wildlife and other features."

"Morris Island is linked to mainland Chatham by a causeway and, therefore, has not been cut off by the tide for many years. Indeed, the 40-acre island is the only part of the 2,750-acre Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge not primarily accessible by boat. But when planning your hike here, it would be wise to bring a local tide chart along, or know in advance the hour of high tide because it regularly covers the beginning section of trail just south of park headquarters, rendering it generally impassable—at least for a short period, until the tide begins to ebb.

You have a few ways to approach this memorable walk at the southeast corner of the Cape: Follow the shore 0.25 mile to the first trail sign, which leads you into the dunes on a counterclockwise self-guided interpretive tour, or continue straight along the shore a few hundred yards farther, watch for another sign on the right, and follow the trail clockwise on the same dune-and-upland tour."

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Oct 2018