Aquinnah Cliffs
Aquinnah Cliffs
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Martha’s Vineyard’s westernmost tip features multicolored clay cliffs and the two-century-old Gay Head Light. Park at the overlook and take in the commanding views of the clay bluffs and the surroundings, then visit the historic lighthouse nearby. Browse the gift shops to bring a few souvenirs home. Afterward, you can hike through the green shrubs to Moshup Beach, where clothing is optional. Just make sure you keep your shoes on, as the shore is quite rocky. Swing by in the morning—it’s easier to find parking. Fog sometimes rolls in later in the day, obstructing the views. – Tripadvisor
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dave911nj
Pipersville, PA1,156 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The cliffs are a must see if you are visiting Martha's Vineyard. The beauty is magnificent. Before heading to the overlook, stop in the last shack on the left selling goods. They are native Indian of the area. Strike up a conversation with the worker there...you will learn a lot. Also, make sure you take the trail down to Moshup Beach below the cliffs. You won't regret it. Getting a view of the cliffs from below is unbelievable.
Written 14 September 2023
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TravelingBum10
United States2,702 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We took public transportation to Aquinnah Cliffs. The bus stops right in front. It’s a beautiful place. There’s also a lighthouse there.
Written 1 September 2023
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romadaro
Washington DC, DC1,567 contributions
Aug 2023
The pictures on this page don’t do justice to the real beauty of these cliffs and the brilliancy of the sandstone colors. The day we were there the reflections from the sun gave way to a beautiful combination of orange, red and yellow against the backdrop of the green wild grasses and the magnificent blue of the ocean. Definitely worth the drive for a look see! Adjacent to the Gay Head Lighthouse and a beautiful beach.
Written 28 August 2023
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Michael S
Rocky Mount, NC356 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Picturesque cliffs on the water, an old lighthouse, not much beyond that - unless you explore the Cultural Center of the Wampanoag tribe or the beaches. About a 40-minute bus ride - from Edgartown - but it was worth the visit.
Written 26 August 2023
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MrsAMTO
Washington DC, DC95 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
OMG, the views are amazing. We had a lovely time at the cliffs. Seeing the lighthouse and visiting the various shops along that path. Definitely a must do if in that area!
Written 18 August 2023
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fran603
Concord, NH25 contributions
Jun 2023
A must see. The cliffs are fragile, so you can’t get close, but the viewing area gives an amazing view of the cliffs.
Written 10 July 2023
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louise
Brentwood, TN7 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
The scenery is beautiful. There are some shops there that have some unusual things nice little stop.
The light house there is unique
Written 29 June 2023
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oasisannie
NJ116 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Very pretty spot, definitely worth a visit to see this unique part of the Vineyard. Also very cool and reasonably priced little shops up there. The main restaurant didn’t appear to be open for the season, which was strange.
Written 28 June 2023
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ImmerWandern
Palos Heights, IL7,267 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Parking can get tight so arrive early, if possible. There are several levels of platforms after the parking lot building complex that provide somewhat different perspectives on the land- and sea-scape surrounding you. The view of the multi-hued cliffs and the nearby Gay Head lighthouse is definitely an impressive one. The water was calm at the time of our visit and many other fellow-visitors had headed down to the beach. Unfortunately we did not have the time to do the same and simply savored the beauty of the region. We spotted cormorants drying and sunning themselves on guano-capped rocks below us.

Not surprisingly the highest platform filled with crowds of other guests wanting the same view and trying to get the best angle for selfie pics.

These multi-colored clay cliffs were the result of glaciation when the weight and pressure of a glacier during the last Ice Age shoved up this sedimentary rock dating back to 100 million years ago in some places. These are not durable rocks and wave action is constantly eroding the base of the cliffs.

The Gay Head lighthouse was built in 1799 and is one of the oldest lighthouses on the East Coast. It was rebuilt several times and the current 51-foot tall brick structure dates back to 1856. It is still an active lighthouse but has automated and unmanned for 70 years now. The erosion of the cliffs meant the the lighthouse was threatened with collapsing into the sea and so, in June 2015, it was successfully moved 130 feet back from the cliff’s edge. It is estimated it should be safe for at least another 100 years at the new location.
Written 18 June 2023
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blackrun1
Nashport, OH277 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Well worth the trip. Beautiful place . 1/2 hour he is about right. The lighthouse makes for a great setting.
Written 14 June 2023
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