National Natural Landmarks

Gay Head Cliffs

Gay Head Cliffs
Gay Head Cliffs. Photo by K. McLeod.

The colorful Gay Head Cliffs, resting upon the continental shelf, yet detached from the mainland, rise to 150 feet above sea level and provide a cross-section of pre-glacial sediments overlain by fossil-bearing sands. It is the most extensive and scenic exposure of Cretaceous and Tertiary formations on the New England islands and Cape Cod.

Location: Dukes County, MA

Year designated: 1965

Acres: 20

Ownership: Indian Trust (Wampanoag Tribe)




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