Monomoy Wildlife Preserve – One of Chatham’s Gems

Chatham is blessed with a spectacular location surrounded by amazing beaches on the “elbow” of the cape. One of Chatham’s most scenic spots has to be Monomoy Wildlife preserve. Located down Morris Island road only minutes from our Chatham Inn, Monomoy was established in 1944 and has 7604 acres all except 40 only accessible by boat.

Monomoy is a great spot to explore, fish, relax in the sun or bird watch. Insiders tip: there is free parking in the small lot so this is one spot where you can enjoy a beautiful beach without having to fork over any money to park. There is a small 3/4 mile trail that starts on the bluff above the beach. It then heads down a big set of stairs to a beach. From there there the trail proceeds along a huge boulder breakwater that protects the multi million dollar homes on the bluff above. After 1/2 mile or so it opens up to a lovely stretch of beach and marsh area. The “trail” is actually along the beach with several self guided tour markers that relate to the trail map you can pick up at the trail head or in the small visitor center. Off in the distance you can see Monomoy Island and the shallow flat water between. To the east you can see the small windswept dunes of South Beach.

There are also ferry and water taxi companies that take you to Monomoy Island such as Rip Ryder and Outermost Adventures.
Come to Chatham and explore the natural wildlife refuge!

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