Discover Cape Cod Guide Book

by Michael O'Connor (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Discover Cape Cod  by Michael O'Connor

288pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 1934028177

Known for its spectacular coastline and more than 100 miles of bike trails, Cape Cod in Massachusetts is an ideal destination for an activity-packed outdoor vacation. This new book from the Appalachian Mountain Club describes the 50 best hiking, biking, and paddling trips in this beautiful coastal area, including many excursions within the Cape Cod National Seashore. From a short hike around Falmouth’s Long Pond and a scenic bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail to a walk through Provincetown and a paddling tour of Wellfleet's freshwater pods, this guide leads you to the most unforgettable spots on the Cape. Nature notes and historical essays give visitors a more detailed picture of the area. For short, one-hour excursions, day-long adventures, or weekend afternoons, this guidebook provides the best outdoor experiences for vacationers and residents alike.

© 2009 Michael Oand39;Connor/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Discover Cape Cod" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.
... Preview: Named for two of the oldest families in this part of Cape Cod, the Atwood- Higgins House is now in the National Register of Historic Places. The restored site includes fields and outbuildings, as we ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Wellfleet, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: From this spectacular overlook, which features a delightful sitting platform, you can take in the broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean beyond Ballston Beach. Given its proximity to the open ocean, the ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Truro, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: The former Beebe Woods estate and 88-acre Peterson Farm, which forms the south portion of this admirable open space, present one of the loveliest walking and nature-watching experiences on the Upper C ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Falmouth, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Named in honor of William Brewster, a Pilgrim elder, this town on Cape Cod Bay was settled in 1656 and was originally part of Harwich. It was not incorporated as a separate town until 1803. Settlers f ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Brewster, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Today’s outdoors enthusiasts are following an ancient tradition of travel along this corridor. For centuries, American Indians followed the Manamet River and other tidal waterways that laced the narro ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Bourne, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.5
... Preview: This habitat of rare (in this region) Atlantic white cedars sits amid a swamp at the western border of the Cape Cod National Seashore headquarters. The trail leads from the parking lot in almost a str ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Wellfleet, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
... Preview: The paved pathway follows the former Old Colony rail bed for almost 25 miles, from South Dennis through Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, and Eastham, terminating in South Wellfleet. The Old Colony line eve ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Dennis, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: This trip includes a bit of everything. You pedal through classic mid-Cape terrain of woods and wetlands. You pass a pond and then enter Nickerson State Park; at almost 2,000 acres it is one of the la ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Brewster, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: Walking this village is a treat. On Main Street, you pass gift shops and galleries, a candy-making emporium, ice cream parlors, and great dining spots. Attractions to the north include a golf course a ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Chatham, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Cotuit is one of the seven villages that make up the municipality of Barnstable, at 60 square miles the largest town on the Cape. Barnstable’s westernmost village on Nantucket Sound, Cotuit is underst ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Cotuit, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: At the height of summer, Hyannis can be a daunting destination; thousands of vehicles and even more people swarm to the largest, busiest, liveliest spot on Cape Cod. But this most “vacation-y” of Cape ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Hyannis, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: Great Island is not an island at all but rather a long coastscape of shore, sand dunes, and upland. It is a classic barrier beach, much like Long Point in Provincetown, Nauset Beach in Orleans, and Sa ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Wellfleet, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: This excursion offers a pair of contrasting bike experiences that also allow riders to share some of the National Seashore’s most dramatic environments. You can begin with a flat, family-friendly crui ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
North Truro, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This hike along the outermost reaches of the National Seashore allows you to partially trace by land what the exhausted and frustrated Pilgrims saw from the wet, cold deck of the Mayflower as they rou ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Provincetown, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This mid-Cape tidal river and marsh complex is one of the most beautiful in Massachusetts, nurturing myriad species of flora and fauna and protected by more than 200 acres of town conservation land. ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
West Harwich, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: The Bass River comes pretty close to cutting the Cape in half. From Nantucket Sound it winds its way north for 6.0 miles into ponds and creeks that reach within 0.5 mile of tidal waters emptying into ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Dennis, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: When you emerge from one of the several tidal rivers that wind through the eastern and southern Orleans into Little Pleasant Bay, the paddling possibilities suddenly seem infinite. Begin your trip by ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Orleans, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Almost all this land was pasture when it was donated to the town by Joseph Fay and his descendants, about a decade before the Civil War. The cultivated landscapes were typical of this period on Cape C ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Falmouth, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: The peninsula, shaped somewhat like a wrist and hand with fingers and a thumb pointing in opposite directions, splits one large freshwater kettle hole into a pair of smaller ones. Enjoy expansive wate ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Mashpee, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: This trip offers an ideal mix of Cape Cod environments, and all on a paddling excursion that leaves you plenty of time for other activities. With its classic Cape houses and quaint cottages and lively ... From the guidebook "Discover Cape Cod"
Chatham, MA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4