Shawkemo Hills offers a hiking experience through a portion of the island dramatically shaped by the last glacier to cover most of North America. From a high spot on this hike, see and learn about the formation of Coatue, Great Point, the Haulover, Nantucket Harbor and inner harbor shores. And from a low spot along the trail, sometimes called a frost bottom because frost prevails only at these lowest of island elevations when it does nowhere else on Nantucket, discover how the glacier shaped the hills and dells — kames and kettles in geologic terms — of this north central part of the island. This is probably the shortest hike Nantucket Walkabout leads, clocking in at no more than one hour.
This hike costs $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Check the Hike Calendar to see when we are hiking the Shawkemo Hills 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)! For those biking to this trailhead, it is 2.2-miles on the Polpis Road bike path from the Milestone Rotary, 6.9 miles on the Polpis Road bike path from the Siasconset Market.
Getting there by Shuttle?
If traveling by NRTA/The WAVE shuttle bus, ride the ‘Sconset via Polpis Road route and get off at the North Pasture Lane stop and walk east along this path, keeping Polpis Road on your left. It’s three tenths of a mile to the trailhead, which is the next right you’ll come to. This bus operates June 27-Sept. 5, 2016.
Logging your steps.
If you’re counting your steps with a fitness/activity tracker, this hike offers around 1,900 steps.