The sanctuary contains fine
examples of coastal heathland and
sandplain grassland, two of the
state’s rarest habitats. In October,
the huckleberry turns these
Nantucket moorlands into a blaze
of scarlet. Uncommon birds of
prey including northern harriers
and short-eared owls may be seen
throughout the year. The sanctuary’s
trails are unpaved, sandy
Cross the Sagamore Bridge onto
Cape Cod. Take Rt 6 east toward
Hyannis. At exit 6, take Rt 132
south to Hyannis and follow
signs for the Nantucket boats
(Steamship Authority or Hyline).
From the Steamship Authority
Wharf on Nantucket: From the
parking lot follow Broad Street
and turn left onto South Water
Street. Continue across Main
Street onto Washington Street.
Turn right onto Francis Street, left
onto Union Street, and then left
onto Orange Street. At the rotary,
take Milestone Road. After 0.5
miles bear left onto Polpis Road
and follow for nearly 6 miles.
Less than 1 mile past Sesachacha
Pond, look for Barnard Valley
Road (dirt road) on the right
(opposite Hoicks Hollow Road).
The sanctuary is directly off
Barnard Valley Road.
From the Straight Wharf on
Nantucket: Follow Main Street
for 0.25 miles and take a left
onto Washington Street. Follow
directions above "From the
Steamship Authority Wharf."