Hiking Southern New England
by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)
© Rhonda & Greg Ostertag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This walk is an amazing out of the city jaunt. The scale is almost unreal as the solitude of the lonely beaches with their 150ft dune walls to the west and the atlantic crashing to the east focuses your attention on a distant target. Farther inland, such as the trails north of Ballston Beach their are animal paths and hunting trails through pine and beech forests looping in and out of valleys and over dune ridges. It is easy to forget how close you are to the towns on the west coast of the peninsula. The hills are manageable for all ages and the trails around provincetown have a marvelous smell which will elicit distant memories from anyone who has traveled that way before. There are a lot of campgrounds and in the off season it is easy to find a wild camping spot away from any houses and within full view of either the sunrise to the east or the lights of Boston glittering in the darkness over the bay. The beaches are also the perfect setting for fires and free permits are available (necessary in the summer). I love this hike and look forward to my next oppurtunity.
The "real" Cape Cod. As a native, I feel sorry for those visitors who never see this as they have no idea as to what they are missing. Very quiet, even in the summer! Do it!
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