There are no formal named trails on the refuge; the barrier beach gives visitors a chance to experience the sea meeting the sand. However, it's important to plan, as during the shorebird nesting seasons access to the refuge may be limited and restricted. This includes over-sand vehicle access across The Trustees of Reservation property, which visitors need to cross in order to get to the refuge. No pets are allowed on Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge at ANY TIME except service animals.
When visiting any nature area, it’s important to remember YOU are the visitor to many types of animal’s home and to visit the area with the goal of having a minimal impact when exploring the location. For your safety, always stay on areas open for visitors, carry water, bug spray, and sunscreen; always let someone know where you are going if you’re visiting alone, have your cell phone fully charged. The weather can change quickly; it’s advised to check the forecast and have proper apparel for sudden adverse weather.