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Cape Cod National Seashore - Races Point and Hatches Harbor Trail :: Provincetown, MA

This walk in Cape Cod National Seashore takes you from the Province Lands Visitor Center to Race Point Light, on the westernmost tip of Provincetown. The route uses the paved Province Lands Bicycle Trail, the sandy Atlantic shoreline, and a dirt ro

Cape Cod National Seashore - Long Point Trail :: Provincetown, MA

This excursion, a fine off-season trek, takes you from the hustle and bustle of Provincetown, across Provincetown Harbor via a dike, to the remote, windswept tip of Cape Cod, where Long Point Light stands sentinel. Along the way, you’ll also visit

Cape Cod National Seashore - Beech Forest Trail :: Provincetown, MA

This classic stroll, which loops around a freshwater wetland and visits a secluded American beech forest, is perfect for nature lovers. Plant enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of trees and shrubs, many of them identified by trailside markers. Bird

Cape Cod National Seashore - Pilgrim Spring Area - Small’s Swamp Trail :: Truro, MA

Short in length but rich in history and plant life, this loop around Small’s Swamp, at the bottom of a glacial kettle hole, is a rewarding walk back in time. Native Americans, the newcomers aboard the Mayflower, and 19th-century farmers all had a s

Cape Cod National Seashore - North Pamet Area - Truro Hills Trail :: Truro, MA

This scenic, mostly shady circuit in the Truro Hills has something for everyone—vistas of the Atlantic Ocean to admire, a wide variety of native plants to study, birds to see and hear. Part of the route follows a segment of Old King’s Highway, a hist

Cape Cod National Seashore - North Pamet Area - Bearberry Hill and Bog House Trail :: Truro, MA

Views of the Atlantic Ocean from Bearberry Hill, along with a visit to a cranberry bog and the restored Bog House, highlight this short loop through the Truro hills. Asters and goldenrods blooming in late summer and fall add a dash of color to the ro

Cape Cod National Seashore - Wellfleet and Truro Ponds Trail :: Wellfleet, MA

This athletic circuit passes seven kettle ponds that lie close to the Wellfleet–Truro line. Well shaded by towering pitch pines and a variety of other trees, enjoy this walk on a hot day or, even better, during the offseason, when the nearby vacation

Cape Cod National Seashore - Great Island Trail :: Wellfleet, MA

This hike, one of the best on Cape Cod, explores the dunes, salt marshes, and upland forests on Griffin Island, Great Island, and Great Beach Hill, all part of Cape Cod National Seashore. Great Island, Great Beach Hill, and a protruding sand spit cal

Cape Cod National Seashore - Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail :: Wellfleet, MA

This mostly shaded loop, great on a hot day, explores one of the Cape’s few remaining stands of Atlantic white cedar, located on the former site of Camp Wellfleet, a U.S. Army base. Trailside markers identify many of the common plants, and you’ll pro

Cape Cod National Seashore - Red Maple Swamp and Fort Hill Trail :: Eastham, MA

This rewarding loop combines two terrific trails— one that explores the Red Maple Swamp, the other that circles Fort Hill. Along the way, you’ll encounter a number of different habitats—kettle-hole swamp, forest, open fields, salt marsh—and with them

Cape Cod National Seashore - Nauset Marsh Trail and Coast Guard Beach :: Eastham, MA

Don’t miss this scenic stroll beside Nauset Marsh, one of the Cape’s natural wonders and setting for two classics of nature writing—The Outermost House, by Henry Beston, and The House on Nauset Marsh, by Wyman Richardson. The Richardson house still s

Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters — Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail :: Wellfleet, MA

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 straight line to this former kettle hole pond, now a

Cape Cod National Seashore: Pilgrim Heights :: North Truro, MA

The attractions here include an old farm site in a kettle hole, panoramic overlooks, and the Pilgrim Spring historic site.

Doane-Reed Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Doane-Reed Trail is a hiking trail in Eastham, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 49 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 40 feet. Near the trail

Old King's Highway :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Old King's Highway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Truro, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 20 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 279

Old Kings Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Old Kings Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Truro, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 6 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 93 feet. Near th

Higgins Hollow Road :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Higgins Hollow Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Truro, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 52 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 360

Breakwater :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Breakwater is a hiking trail in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 8 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 48 feet. Along the trail

Province Lands Bike Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Province Lands Bike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 7.4 miles long and begins at 12 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain o

Beech Forest Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Beech Forest Trail is a hiking trail in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 10 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 306 feet. Near t

Pilgrim Spring Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Pilgrim Spring Trail is a hiking trail in Truro, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 66 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 213 feet. Along the t

Small's Swamp Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Small's Swamp Trail is a hiking trail in Truro, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. Along the trail there are a viewpoint and a wetland.

Pamet Cranberry Bog Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Pamet Cranberry Bog Trail is a hiking trail in Truro, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 31 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 100 feet. Bearbe

School House Hill Road :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

School House Hill Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 34 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevat

Bound Brook Island Road :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Bound Brook Island Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 66 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gai

Cap Cod National Seashore Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Cape Cod Trail is a hiking trail in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 34 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 95 feet.

Buttonbush Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Buttonbush Trail is a hiking trail in Eastham, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 28 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 99 feet. The Salt Pond

Great Island Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Great Island Trail is a hiking trail in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. It is within The Gut and Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 4.9 miles long and begins at 76 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 627 fee

Old Kings Highway :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Old Kings Highway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 92 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1

Fort Hill Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Fort Hill Trail is a hiking trail in Eastham, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 14 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 230 feet. Fort Hill Park

Nauset Marsh Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Nauset Marsh Trail is a hiking trail in Eastham, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 46 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 270 feet. The Salt Po

Swamp Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Swamp Trail is a hiking trail in Eastham, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 16 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 73 feet. Near the trailhead

Nauset Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Nauset Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Eastham, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is two miles long and begins at 40 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 315 feet. The Ea

Cape Cod Rail Trail :: Cape Cod National Seashore, MA

Cape Cod Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson State Park, and Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 21.8 miles long and begins at 9 feet altitude. Traveling the entire tr

Nauset Trail at Salt Pond Visitor Center :: Eastham, MA

An easy ride from the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) or the Salt Pond Visitor Center at Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham. Great for kids and families or anyone else, with great views of Nauset Marsh, Nauset Inlet, and Coast Guard Beach. Lots to do a

Head of the Meadow Bike Path and Highland Light :: North Truro, MA

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 cruise along the Head of the Meadow Bike Path, which c

Wellfleet Ocean- to- Bay Tour :: Wellfleet, MA

An east- west ride that explores the Atlantic Ocean beaches, the Cape Cod National Seashore forests, Cape Cod Bay, the lost island of Billingsgate, shipwrecks, real pirates, and real pirate treasure recovered by a National Geographic explorer. Save

Wellfleet Harbor: Great Island to Jeremy Point :: Wellfleet, MA

Great Island in Wellfleet is one of the most remote areas on the Cape. The island, like Nauset Marsh, is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, federally owned and run, and hence is one of the few places on the Cape with public access year-round. It

Cape Cod :: Bourne, MA

A 63-mile scenic route along the historic south shore of Cape Cod Bay and up the Outer Beach along the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Cod National Seashore to Provincetown at the Cape’s northern tip.

The Trails at Sandy Neck Barrier Beach :: Barnstable, MA

This barrier beach and the surrounding 3,000-acre Great Marsh is the most extensive conservation area outside of the Cape Cod National Seashore and the largest salt marsh complex on the Cape. The Great Marsh supports an abundance of marine life and p

World’s End :: Hingham, MA

This Cape Cod National Seashore hike first stops by an Indian grave then explores a series of now-connected islands inhabited by early settlers. Walk the shore and bluffs of Wellfleet Harbor, visiting the site of an old whaler’s tavern from the early

Nauset Beach :: Orleans, MA

One of New England’s most popular summertime destinations, Nauset Beach each year attracts thousands of saltwater-loving vacationers, swimmers, sunbathers, and surfers to its 7.0 miles of sand and dune, upland and salt marsh. Nauset is a barrier

Ballston Beach :: Truro, MA

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 hilltop can be quite breezy, so a windbreaker migh

Great Island :: Wellfleet, MA

The Cape Cod National Seashore draws countless beachgoers to its sandy expanses and bike enthusiasts to its paved paths; however, the park also includes miles of hiking trails. The most challenging and rugged, by far, is the Great Island Trail. Jutti

Great Island Trail :: Wellfleet, MA

Come to Great Island, one of the Cape Cod National Seashore sites, early in the morning with sun hats, sunscreen, canteens, and rugged hiking boots. The trail circles a salt marsh, winds through pitch pine forests, climbs over towering dunes, and fin

Nauset Marsh Trail :: Orleans, MA

The Cape is constantly changing due to natural forces such as fierce ocean storms and the pounding surf as well as human encroachment and development. Near Wellfleet, the Cape has eroded to only 1 mile wide and, in Provincetown, giant dunes threaten

Fort Hill Trail :: Orleans, MA

As you walk the Fort Hill Trail, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, you will realize that Cape Cod is more than sand dunes, clam rolls, and lighthouses. Featuring a boardwalk through wetlands, two small hill climbs with views over Nauset Marsh,

New York Striper Fishing :: New York, NY

No doubt the greatest concentration of rabid surfcasters on the planet is in New York City. Their presence in an urban environment of that size indicates that opportunities for practice of their craft have got to be pretty bountiful. Along with all t

Wellfleet Ride :: Wellfleet, MA

You can tell by its name that Wellfleet was a seafaring and fishing village long before it became known as the “art gallery town,” and these elements of the community’s profile are worth exploring. But so is the Cape Cod National Seashore, with its h