Nantucket Dog Walk

Walk. Walk your dog. Walk Nantucket.


One of the things I love most about Nantucket is the ability to walk everywhere. When I adopted my first dog eleven years ago, walking became that much more exciting (and necessary).

Nantucket is abundant with beautiful places to walk, over many different terrains, and most places allow dogs. People think of our beaches (and we have plenty of great beach walks), but there are moors, forests, bike paths, and dirt roads to explore, too. The Nantucket Land Bank has 12 mapped walks, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation has 16, and then there are the town walks, bike paths and state forests. Truly something for everyone.

Whether you are a long-time island resident or a first-time visitor (or a long-time resident with a first-time dog), this site will let you in on most of the best dog walking spots (others I have been forbidden to include by dog-walking friends).

I’ve also included important Nantucket dog links and a few facts that you should know before you walk, as well as a blog about the joys that can be found by walking your dog on Nantucket.

Happy walking!


Walking Nantucket, A Walker’s Guide to Exploring Nantucket on Foot, by Peter B. Brace, can be found here.

Great descriptions of many, many Nantucket walks, including maps.


If you are planning a beach walk, always check the tide chart first. A few of our shores pretty much disappear at high tide.

"All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking."
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Best Windy Day Dog Walks

As the weather gets windy and colder, you and your dog might appreciate a little buffer from the gales:

Squam Swamp


Polpis State Forest

State Forest

Holdgate Trails

Shawkemo Hills


Windswept Bogs (Stump Pond Trail)