The multicoloured Clay Cliffs of Aquinnah were formed by glaciers more than 100 million years ago. Rising 150 feet from the ocean, the Cliffs are quite am impressive sight. A National Historic Landmark owned by the Wampanoag Indians, the Cliffs provide a tremendous place for sightseeing, but it is illegal to bathe in the mud pools at the bottom of the cliffs, or to remove clay from the premises. Aquinnah, which is Wampanoag for “land under the hill,” was inhabited by the Wampanoag, who are related to the Algonquin of Southern New England.A mere 100 million years old, the multicolored Clay Cliffs of Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard have survived the onslaught of time and tourists. Since the 150- foot cliffs face west, the sunset highlights them in all their marvelous pastel glory. The Gay Head lighthouse perches on the edge of the cliffs, which back a great walking beach.Yankee Magazine April 2005A mere 100 million years old, these multi-colored clay cliffs have survived the onslaught of time and tourists. Since the 150-foot cliffs face west, sunset highlights them in all their pastel glory. The cliffs back a great walking beach, but for an added thrill you can climb up inside the Aquinnah Lighthouse (508-627-4441), perched on the edge of the cliffs; mid-June-early October Fri.-Sun. evenings 90 minutes prior to until 30 minutes after sunset; $2.These 100-million-year-old, multicolored cliffs have survived the onslaught of time and tourists. The 150-foot cliffs face west, so sunset highlights them in all their glory. Climb the Aquinnah Lighthouse (508-627-4441), perched on the cliffs. Mid-June to mid-Sept. Fri.-Sun. evenings. $3.Yankee Magazine April 2003The 150-foot clay cliffs of colored strata have attracted Wampanoag Indians and colonists, hippies and photographers for, in some cases, at least 5,000 years. Off State Rd., Gay Head.Yankee Magazine April 1998
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