Bluff Walk

Getting There

About

Town Right of Way  

Grassy Paths

Few Dogs

No shade

40 minute walk

Leash Alert: You will be walking in people’s yards. I think it is courteous to leash up your dog during the summer months when the houses are occupied. During the winter months this area is deserted, so off leash is ok, unless you have a dog who might attempt the bluff!

Double Dip Options: Pair it with the Historic Sconset Walk.
  
Head to ‘Sconset on the Milestone Road. Once in town, park by the ‘Sconset Market. Look toward the water and and you will see the corner of Broadway and Front Streets probably 20 yards from the store. Follow Front Street until it looks as if the road is about to end (curling left back onto Broadway), and take a right here onto a tarred path. Follow this path until you see a sign that reads “Foot Path Only.” Most people think this sign refers to the very obvious tarred path to the right. But it doesn’t. It refers to the grassy back yard to the left. Take this left. If it looks like you are going to be heading into people’s yards, it’s because you are. This is the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk: undoubtedly the best kept secret dog walk on Nantucket. And perhaps soon to be a thing of the past due to severe erosion, so now is the time to enjoy it.
 
Unfortunately for the homeowners, but fortunately for us, there is a public way cutting straight through the yards of beautiful ‘Sconset cottages that are sitting atop a high beach bluff. To one side, large summer homes and beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. To the other side, a grand expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Views don’t get better than this.

This path will lead you by wild rose bushes, between privet hedges and flower gardens, and through tiny cedar forests. Take your time. Choose your favorite summer home or search for the privet hedge in the shape of a spouting whale. Sit on the bench offered at the head of one home’s beach stairway and gaze out at the ocean.

At trail's end, you can cut over to Baxter Road and walk back to town, or turn around and take in the view again on the same path back.