Monomoy Beach

Getting There

About

Nantucket Conservation Foundation and Nantucket Land Bank

Grassy trails, recently cut brush paths, forests, wetlands 

Few to no Dogs

Walk 1, little shade

Walk 2, about half shaded

​30-60 min hour walk

  


 

  
 Take Polpis Road heading out of town. At approsimately 3 miles, be on the lookout for a pull out on your right (acutally called Old Polpis Road) that is now a bus turn around. Take this road, and pull into the right near its end. This is the parking lot for Norwood.
 
This 207 acre parcel purchased by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the Nantucket Land Bank meanders over grassy paths, small streams and through shady woods and sunny fields. This walk makes me feel like I’m on the mainland in the deep woods—with lots of old deciduous trees.

This is a perfect walk for dogs—wide open paths on Walk 1 and lots of meandering fun and wading streams on Walk 2, and not too many people on either.

There are two main walks (and lots of off shoots yet to be explored). Walk 1 is pretty basic, but Walk 2 is a joy!

Walk 1: There is a very wide, clear path that goes in a complete circle. Out of the parking lot you can go straight or you can go left. Stick to the main trail and go in a circle right back to the parking lot. On this path you are certain to see turtles, either laying eggs or heading for one of the many ponds. I’ve seen both snapping turtles and painted turtles here.

Walk 2: This walk may not be passable in the wettest part of spring and the lushest part of summer, so go now! The forest trails are very narrow. Once grown in, they may not be visible. (NLB and NCF both have plans to create more trails throughout the Norwood Farm property in the future.)

To reach Walk 2, take the main trail from the parking lot and go left. When you come to a large, clear path on your left take this, over a  small foot bridge. Follow this path as it slowly bears to the right and then the left, eventually through a field of “glacial erratics,” large rocks strewn about, each with a small tree next to it. Bear left over a small stream, and when you see a house in front of you, take a sharp left. 

This is where the beauty begins. You head into an old wood, with large trees, moss-covered logs, small streams with bridges or planks (and one where you and your dogs have to jump), and tiny ponds. The paths here can be a bit vague, but you can’t get too lost. There will be one time when you want to bear right (as that trail looks like the obvious one), but that leads no where fast, so turn around and and take the left instead. There are grassy fields, the remnants of an old stone wall, bogs, and gorgeous old trees with room to stretch their branches.

This walk is a large loop, hooking up with the main trail. Take a right at the end and you’ll head back to the parking lot. There are a few off-shoots on the way that are probably just deer paths, but they are fun to explore, too!

That Nantucket has such treasures as these protected properties is probably my number one favorite thing about our wonderful island.