Road Trip: Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge


A walk on the beach always clears my head. There is something about the rhythmic waves and the rise and fall of the tides that reminds me of the big picture, and makes any unnecessary worry melt away. Although summer is over, it is still a perfect time to visit the shore and breathe in that clean, salty breeze.

While on the Cape a few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon in Chatham exploring the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Encompassing eight miles of sandy beaches, it feels like you could walk forever along the shore, with only nature and the occasional fellow explorer in sight. While the refuge was originally established as a habitat for migratory birds, the wilderness here is also home to many other animals, including horseshoe crabs and more than 5,000 gray seals. This place is such a treasure, and definitely worth finding on your next trip out of town!


Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Visitor’s Center at 30 Wikis Way, Chatham. Find more information about visiting on the refuge website.

Image Credit: Daniel Bahcheli

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