Best Easy Day Hikes Cape Cod  by Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen

Best Easy Day Hikes: Cape Cod Guide Book

by Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Cape Cod  by Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen
Best Easy Day Hikes Cape Cod and the Islands includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twentythree easy-to-follow hikes on Cape Cod’s sandy shores and its history-rich interior as well as on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Visit secluded ponds, shady woodlands, salt- and freshwater marshes dense with wildlife, rolling hills and heaths, and the beaches that have made this region famous.

© 2011 Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Cape Cod" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 23.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 23.

The Beech Forest Trail follows the edges of a freshwater pond, then rambles through a beech forest mixed with native pitch pine and scrub oak. A quick walk, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the Cape landscape. On your way out, be sure to c
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Several trails wind through woodlands and across salt marshes in this narrow strip of conservation land. Beautiful and serene, the showstopper here is Gray’s Beach with its spectacular dunes and half-mile boardwalk. Although not much of a beach, this is a
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
Escape the crowds and enjoy one of the most beautiful spots on the Cape. This scenic hike lands you on an expansive beach with endless tidepools at low tide and breathtaking vistas in every direction. Three excellent trails, all within the Stony Brook watershed, offer a wonderful introduction to the diversity of the Cape landscape. Walk through upland woods, across salt marshes, near fresh and saltwater creeks, or stretch your toes in a sandy beach. Truly offering something for everyone, from a short, easy loop to challenging hills, these are Cape must-dos.
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
This hike follows the contours of the pond and is made slightly more challenging with climbs in and out of the woods. While sauntering under a canopy of trees, enjoy the cooling breezes and views of the glistening pond. If you so desire, bring your fishin
Barnstable, MA - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.9
Located in Mashpee and surrounded by the picturesque Popponesset Bay, this easy hike has a small beach area and an observation deck to enjoy on Pinquickset Cove. It’s fun for the whole family.
East Falmouth, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
In addition to tremendous vistas, this trail offers a good workout and spectacular birding. Great blue herons sweep over the marsh and songbirds fill the air with their sweet voices. Wander through the Red Maple Swamp, where boardwalks curl through cinnamon and wood ferns under aged red maples. The boardwalk is expansive and unique to trails on the cape, and much needed in this very swampy hike. Mosquitoes thrive in this environment, so be sure to bring your bug spray in you visit in the summertime.
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
This is the one of the most fascinating hikes on Cape Cod. The trail follows a saltwater marsh across a dike of sand that transformed Great Island into a peninsula. The difficulty of this hike is increased due to the soft sand. Great Island is wild and windswept, with a small stunted pine forest, vast bearberry and lichen-covered dunes, and miles of sandy beach that narrow to Jeremy Point, pointing a bony finger toward Brewster.
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
Don’t be fooled by the start of this trail under the power lines. Once you pass the trailhead, this loop explores a small nook of the Bass River and allows you to observe blue herons, search for tree swallows, or watch marsh hawks. The banks of the Bass River were once home to the Pawkannawkut Indians, a tribe that was part of the Wampanoag Nation, which held sovereignty over the vast area from Cape Cod north to Massachusetts Bay. The Pawkannawkut camped and hunted along the river shores until a smallpox epidemic wiped out the tribe in the 1770s.
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
The 632 acres of this preserve make it one of the largest on the Vineyard. Primarily dedicated to the protection of wildlife, only part of the preserve is open to the public. The pine-oak forest opens to one of the best remaining examples of rare coastal sand plains grasslands that stretches to magnificent dunes lining the Atlantic shoreline. From the edge of the woods, long, narrow ponds alternate with fingers of land to create a mix of fresh and brackish waters, salt marsh, and ocean shore. Tisbury Great Pond, with its exquisite white sand beach, is lovely, but requires water shoes for wading because of shell fragments. Salt spray roses add dashes of pink to the waving grasses and a fragrant scent to the salty air. They attract butterflies and moths of many kinds. Little red-bellied snakes search the ground for earthworms or slugs, and harriers and red-tailed hawks hunt during the day.
Edgemere, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Heavily wooded and hilly trails provide a great workout, complete with breathtaking views of the Mashpee River. This is one of the longer hikes in the book; take your time while sea birds pass overhead as you wind your way down the river.
East Falmouth, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
A great place for beachgoers and picnic lovers, this trail provides a wonderful setting to sit and relax beachfront on the pond and eat a delicious picnic lunch. This trail is frequented by dog lovers; feel free to bring your four-legged friend with you.
East Falmouth, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
This trail winds through oak woodland and heath that cover the rolling hills sweeping up to the edge of great sand cliffs. Standing 150 feet above a stretch of rocky beach, the cliffs are one of the best places on the island to watch the sunset. Beginning
Chilmark, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
On the tip of Morris Island, this trail shadows Nantucket Sound. Very steep stairs and soft sand may make this a less attractive hike for the faint of heart. If you attempt the hike, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and an occasional seal sighting. This is a must-see for the ocean lover. Morris Island offers a small sampling of the unique habitats of the Monomoy Islands and is the only section of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge accessible by land. Countless shore birds, waterfowl, and songbirds rest, feed and nurture their young here. During certain times of the year, seals frolic offshore in the shallow waters.
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
Pilgrim Spring and Small’s Swamp are two trails that wind around and above a kettle swamp and marsh formed when a buildup of sand closed off the ocean in 1869. The trails together form a figure 8. An interpretive shelter provides information, and the trai
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
This is a delightful romp through pitch pine woods, along ridges with views of the forest and lush undergrowth—and best of all, a firsthand look at working cranberry bogs. The reserve is the perfect antidote for stress—the restful, cool woodlands offer a
East Falmouth, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
This spectacular loop edges Salt Pond as well as the bay. With marshy sections, the tide can be an issue, but the views once you cross into the wooded section are well worth the wait. Intermingled with private homes as well as the Cape Cod Rail Trail, thi
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.25
This trail explores the southern half of Nantucket. The trail meanders through a beautiful, open field ending at a lush, secluded beach. This is a well-marked walk that teaches the agricultural roots of the island at each informational marker. The length of this hike is deceiving as you get swept up in the beauty of your surroundings. Begin your walk across a lovely meadow, along the edge of Trots Swamp, a stretch of freshwater wetlands, and into a stand of pitch pines. On top of a rise, a wooden barn stands sentry over an incredible view. Hummock Pond glistens beyond the Ram Pasture, now dotted with osprey nest posts.
Nantucket, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
This trail is unlike any other in this book. It is a wonderful way to see beautiful Quissett Bay with winding, wooded paths leading to “The Knob.” This spit of land surrounded by water on three sides is small but so gorgeous it is definitely worth the tri
East Falmouth, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
Take a stroll along these wooded trails where Thornton Burgess was inspired to write. Though the path begins steeply, the grade lessens along the first trail, making this trip suitable for most hikers. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and peeks of the S
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
This is the perfect sunset beach stroll. Harding’s Beach is a spit of sand dividing the ocean from Oyster River and Stage Harbor. Plan to watch the sun set into Nantucket Sound or bring a picnic and stay the day.
Barnstable, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2