Take a Hike through a Conservation Area
Although Nantucket might be better known for its bike paths, there are several great hiking/running trails in the Sanford Farm & Ram Pasture conservation area. Used for grazing sheep and cows in the 17th and 18th centuries, this spot now offers spectacular vistas for bikers, runners, and dog walkers, while nesting ospreys catch the breeze above the 780 acres of forest and grassland. The six-mile Ocean Walk trail will take you across to the water, where Cisco and Madaket beaches glisten in the distance.
By Alison Abbott, AFAR Local Expert
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Six Miles of Sunset at Sanford Farms
Whether you pack your running shoes, bring mans best friend or cruise over on your bike, you'll want to make sure not to miss a walk, jog, sprint or ride staring out into the Serengeti-like views at Sanford Farm when you visit Nantucket. If you can go the 6-mile-distance, pack a swim suit and dig your toes into the sand when you hit the oceans edge at the halfway mark. While Sanford is perfect morning or night, it's especially spectacular for September Sunsets when the flowers are still in bloom and the crisp fall air sets in.
118 Cliff Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554, United States