Formerly a vegetable farm along the east of side of Hummock Pond, the Land Bank’s Gardner Farm property runs along Hummock Pond, a glacial meltwater river bed that once ran roughly 75 miles south out to the edge of the continental shelf. Now closed off to the ocean and filled with slightly brackish water — the Town of Nantucket opens the pond to the ocean twice a year — the pond is home to painted and snapping turtles, one to two pairs of nesting ospreys and scores of mute swans.
The area is within Nantucket’s oldest outwash plain of sandplain grasslands and contains pitch pine forests and a cattail-choked inlet over which a small walkway passes. This is one of the shorter hikes Nantucket Walkabout leads and is close to Cisco Beach and Cisco Brewery.
This hike costs $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Check the Hike Calendar to see when we are hiking the Gardner Farm trail and to book it. To arrange for a private hike on this route, call or email us for our rates and to discuss your hiking needs.
Biking to this hike?
Get $5 OFF the cost of the hike when you meet us there by bike or bus (use promo code TRAILHEAD at checkout)! The trailhead is 3.2 miles from the Milestone Rotary.
Taking the shuttle to this hike?
Get $5 OFF the cost of the hike when you meet us there (use promo code TRAILHEAD at checkout)! The nearest NRTA/The Wave shuttle bus stop to the Gardner Farm trailhead is on the Miacomet route. Get off at the “Somerset Lane/Hummock Pond Road” stop and follow the Hummock Pond Road bike path to the trailhead. This bus route operates May 23-Oct. 10, 2016.
Logging your steps.
If you’re counting your steps with a fitness/activity tracker, this hike offers around 4,200 steps.