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Great Island was once an actual island, but hundreds of years of sweeping current and eroding coast have created sandbars which gradually grew to connect the island to the mainland. This sandy peninsula is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and is home to pristine sandy beaches, marshes, ponds and uplands. Rich in history, it was inhabited by local natives known as Punonakanits and then settled by Europeans in the 1600s who altered the land which was largely deforested by 1800. This area has several miles of trails, including a challenging 8-mile loop around the island. Bring drinking water on your hike as there is no fresh water available on the trail. If you want to access Jeremy Point, the furthest spot on the island, make sure you hike at the lowest tides as it is submerged otherwise. There is a fee to access any of the beaches managed by the National Park Service which is covered by the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass.
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