Sconset Bluff Walk
May 17, 2023
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Siasconset, often referred to as Sconset, lies at the far eastern edge of Nantucket, approximately eight miles away from the city. This quaint and picturesque area is comprised of both modest cottages adorned with roses and luxurious new homes. With its stunning views of the ocean and its classic charm, it is one of the most sought-after locations on the island.

The Bluff Walk is a well-known attraction in ‘Sconset and a favorite destination for many visitors. It offers breathtaking scenery and is a great place to take a stroll and take in the area’s beauty.

William J. Flagg was an insightful inhabitant of Nantucket and developer who had the foresight to recognize that ‘Sconset, with its towering bluffs and gorgeous ocean views, would become increasingly valuable and exclusive. To ensure that everyone could still enjoy the breathtaking scenery, he included a public right of way in the house lots he developed on the eastern end of the island. His thoughtfulness has been a blessing to future generations.

The Bluff Walk is a public walking path. This stroll along the eastern bluffs is something special. To one side, grand summer homes and their lawns and gardens, and on the other, the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

Discover wild rose bushes, privet hedges, and flower gardens, and meander through small cedar forests. Take your time to explore and admire the views; pick a favorite summer home or look for a privet hedge. You can sit on the bench provided at the top beach stairway and marvel at the view of the ocean.

On the way in the distance, you will catch sight of Sankaty Lighthouse. The trail is narrow and uneven, but it will be an unforgettable journey that will take less than an hour. No allocated parking for this trail; however, street parking is available in town. Don’t run, cycle, or bring dogs here; show respect for the people living nearby the path.

If you’re a visitor, the walk can be tough to locate. Start your journey at the end of Front Street, then make a right after 21 Front Street and a quick left. Ignore the path that leads to Codfish Park and keep going straight after the sign that reads “Foot Path Only.” Unfortunately, the bluff erosion has shortened the walk, taking you to Baxter Road. Take your chance to walk before erosion renders it a thing of the past. It’s the perfect time to enjoy it!

Suppose you want to savor the gorgeous surroundings or enjoy a peaceful walk. Then this public footpath is the perfect choice for you! Make sure to include it in your must-do list and for sure to bring your camera for some amazing views. You won’t regret it!

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