We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Subtle beauty...

If you expect the same staggering beauty as the Elk Herd Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
Allen M
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
A beautiful walk

A humid but cloudy day but this walk is spectacular. It took us just over 2 hours to complete the... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Cardiff, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 84 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“great hike” (7 reviews)
“high tide” (11 reviews)
“wooded area” (3 reviews)
Wellfleet, MA
Write a ReviewReviews (84)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 80 reviews

Reviewed 17 September 2017

If you expect the same staggering beauty as the Elk Herd Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore, you're going to be disappointed. However, Great Island Trail is definitely worth the hike to enjoy a much subtler landscape.. Don't just focus on the views and beaches...More

Thank Allen M
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

A humid but cloudy day but this walk is spectacular. It took us just over 2 hours to complete the loop to Jeremy 's Point. Easy to follow trail, lots of wildlife and gorgeous views.

Thank laneangell
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We were staying in Wellfleet for a week and excited to tackle the longest trail in the National Seashore. We visited on a morning at low tide, which I highly recommend - the bay side beaches are wide and you can walk on packed sand,...More

Thank ZamiaV
Reviewed 24 July 2017

If you really want to experience some of the most pristine and private beaches on Cape Cod then this hike is for you. Pack a lunch, beach towels and sun screen and hit the trail. Beautiful sites and neat things to see along the winding...More

3  Thank Doug K
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

While visiting a friend in Providence we thought we'd take a trip to the Cape, check it out and do some hiking. We prefer easy to moderate hikes, good views with not a lot of people. This trail delivered all of that. The sandy part...More

1  Thank mimanne731
Reviewed 4 July 2017

You can walk all the way out to Jeremy point on this hike. You go around a marsh up a hill through the woods, around a second marsh a bit more forest then on to the end. Bring plenty of water

Thank mickebradley588
Reviewed 3 June 2017

What a perfect day! We arrived at parking lot around 11;30 or noon- it's a bit confusing to find the actual trail, we circled a bit before figuring out which direction to head. You have to walk down towards marsh,and head to the right to...More

3  Thank hsmamatotwo
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Wonderful views of the bay, large sand dunes, and wildlife. Soft sand makes the walk moderate, but others not too hard. Be sure to be mindful of the tides as sections of trails will get flooded.

2  Thank Sean M
Reviewed 27 October 2016

I love this walk. Give yourself a day and take your time going all the way around. Watch for high tide, though - you might not be able to leave without wet feet! Great wildlife - Monarchs on Goldenrod - lots of crabs! - and...More

Thank AmyNorthCarolina
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We rarely encounter many people on this trail. Perhaps the word has gotten out that it is not for the casual hiker. Sandy trails, no shade, and tidal transformations can take their toll, so follow the advice of some of the other reviewers and plan...More

1  Thank Two-Baby-Boomers
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 hotels in Wellfleet
Mainstay Motor Inn
52 reviews
5.14 km away
Even’tide Resort Motel and Cottages
190 reviews
8.09 km away
Wellfleet Motel
239 reviews
8.88 km away
Blue Dolphin Inn
264 reviews
9.35 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Moby Dick's
1,244 reviews
3.32 km away
PB Boulangerie Bistro
765 reviews
6.83 km away
Mac's Shack
546 reviews
3.22 km away
Bookstore & Restaurant
644 reviews
3.04 km away
Nearby Attractions
Wellfleet Public Library
44 reviews
2.80 km away
Mayo Beach
46 reviews
3.00 km away
Duck Harbor Beach
35 reviews
1.35 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
16 June 2016|
Response from Mark H | Reviewed this property |
Dear JW: Good question! The National Park Service offers a couple of guide documents and maps online. Do a Web search for "National Park Service" plus "Great Island" plus "filetype:pdf". The complete trail is a loop that... More