Looking for a Lower Cape gem to explore this summer? Look no further than Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. This special spot in Chatham is the perfect summer day trip to explore and enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Cod. While this spot is known for its gorgeous views, there is also an inspiring local story behind the refuge and their passion for wildlife.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1944 to provide habitat for migratory birds. The breathtaking refuge is 7,604 acres with varied habitats of oceans, salt and freshwater marshes, dunes, and freshwater ponds. Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge’s mission is to protect the habitats critical to migratory birds, spawning horseshoe crabs, and other wildlife while also allowing the local community and visitors an opportunity to experience this unique wilderness oasis.
While honoring and enjoying the wildlife, there are so many possible adventures throughout. Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge offers a trail map and self-guided walk on Morris Island. You can explore this way by yourself, or take a guided tour this summer on the numerous trails Fridays and Sundays at 10:30am and 2:30pm and Saturdays at 10:30am. Two local boat operators are specially permitted to transport hikers and wildlife observers to Monomoy’s Wilderness Islands. Visitors can experience a well-rounded visit through varied habitats of ocean beach, windswept sand dunes, salt marsh, and freshwater ponds, as well as an abundance of wildlife.
Whether you want to soak up some sun, enjoy a nature stroll, admire the wildlife, or partake in some permitted fishing, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge should be at the top of your summer bucket list. This wildlife haven is one of our favorite summer destinations, and we know it will be one of yours too!