About Sesachacha Heathlands

Viola Pedata, © Robert Buchsbaum

Explore two of Massachusetts’ rarest habitats—coastal heathland and sandplain grassland—at Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary on the eastern side of Nantucket. Sesachacha Pond, the largest body of brackish water on the island and located within the sanctuary, is magnet for 300 recorded bird species, including Northern Harriers and Eastern Towhees.

Acres

875

Trail Mileage

5 miles

Sanctuary Highlights

  • The huckleberry, which turns these Nantucket moorlands into a blaze of scarlet in October
  • Unpaved and usually unmarked sandy cart paths that take you through a prairie-like landscape with little bluestem grass, bayberry, bearberry, and lowbush blueberry.
  • An actively managed landscape that makes use of prescribed fire and mechanical brush cutting to maintain grassland and heathland.