Nantucket Dog Walk

Walk. Walk your dog. Walk Nantucket.


The Middle Moors

Variously held properties

Forest paths, shrubby trails, dirt roads

Little shade

Some dogs

To download a map of this walk, go here.

The Middle Moors is not just one walk, it’s a seemingly endless network of dirt roads and sandy trails through a large swath of land between the Milestone Road and the Polpis Road. It’s a multitude of walks. It’s a great area to take your dogs if you don’t mind getting a little bit lost. You can pick and choose, mix and match, heading down trails and paths at random.

There are many beginnings to the Middle Moors. Some of them are Altar Rock, the Serengeti, State Forest (Polpis Version), Milestone Bogs, Windswept Bogs and Shawkemo Hills. Start out at any of these walks and experiment—take a left the first time, then a right the next time you are on that particular path. Remember that you are on a small island and that eventually you will come to a paved road. Most likely it is Polpis or Milestone, and you can find your way back from there. (Disclaimer: If it is night, and you are not familiar with these parts, and you don’t have a cell phone with you, I cannot be held responsible. Most likely you will be fine.)

Fall is a beautiful time to walk the Middle Moors: Nantucket doesn’t have a ton of deciduous trees, but there is color in those moors, subtle though it may be. In the summer, be sure to bring plenty of water, and perhaps a picnic lunch—you may come upon a small or large pond and want to sit for a while. Spring will reward you with wildflowers you didn’t know we had. And winter will offer the quiet solitude that many year-rounders await all year.

Whenever you decide to go to the Middle Moors, be bold, take a risk, try a new way.

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

    —Robert Frost