Before You Hike

The Hikes
Read each hike description on our website to get a sense of each trail. All hikes from pick up to drop off generally last 1 to 2 hours and cover no more than 3 miles. There can be slight variations to the hike trail, depending on the energy level, weather, and interests of the group. For answers to common questions, like what to bring, please see the FAQs page.

Unless you’re booking a custom hike for a group that’s planned a specific hike time and location(s), there are two or three regularly scheduled hikes for each day. If you’re booking a trip just for yourself or with a friend, you’ll likely be joining a group hike formed of whomever signs up for a hike on that day.

For each hike, Nantucket Walkabout will pick you up at the Handlebar Cafe in downtown Nantucket and drop you off there when the hike is over. Because most of the parking areas for these properties have very limited parking, and because our van only carries up to 11 passengers, we strive to keep the hiking group to that number so we don’t crowd out other people who need a space to park to explore a property on their own where we’re hiking. However, if a hike is full and more people want to join us by getting to the trailhead on their own, we’ll allow one carload or group of bikers. Those who choose to bike to the trailhead get a $5 discount on the hike (use promo code TRAILHEAD at checkout). Directions to each hike’s trailhead and mileages are at the end of each hike description. A few of our hike trailheads are reachable by Nantucket’s seasonal shuttle bus provided by the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority, now dubbed The WAVE. As with biker-hikers, information on bus routes and stops is at the end of each walk where applicable.

Nantucket Walkabout reserves the right to cancel any hike depending on the weather or low number of hikers booked for that hike. There is no minimum number of hikers required except for our Smith’s Point Hike for which we need at least two people, so check our main page, Facebook page or Twitter account for updates on hike status. Any changes or cancellations will be posted on the site and on our Facebook page up to 2-hours before the hike is scheduled to begin.

We want everyone to walk away from their Nantucket natural history hiking experience wanting more!