The Next Time You Are on Nantucket…
For over almost 130 years the Sconset Bluff Walk has remained a unique Nantucket experience allowing the public access to an otherwise exclusive area of the island. The scenic walkway starts in Sconset village and meanders along between the bluff and majestic homes towards Sankaty head.
At only a mile in length it only takes an hour or so to complete, but more than likely it will take longer as there are plenty of opportunities to stop and soak up the scenic ocean views, admire the beautiful homes or take in the variety of natural settings.
Along the way, you may feel that you are trespassing, but thanks to a forward-thinking Nantucket resident and developer William Flagg, rest assured as long as you are on the path, you are not. Back in 1892, Flagg recognized that the lots he was developing along the bluffs would become very exclusive. To offset this and to ensure that he was not blocking off this area to the public he built in a public way into the deeds of all the properties. This is not to say that you can walk up the lawn of a home along the path and fire up the grill, you do need to stick to the path.
It’s easy to miss the entrance but you should not have too much difficulty if you are paying attention. Head north on Front Street (a great walk in itself), just before it bends left, take a right onto an old paved path, this will take you to the start of the Sconset Bluff Walk.
Hours: Sunup to Sundown
This is a walking path only, no biking or jogging