Cape Cod National Seashore - Nauset Marsh Trail and Coast Guard Beach

Eastham, Massachusetts

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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 stands, but Beston’s cabin, which was nestled in the dunes on Coast Guard Beach, was last seen floating out to sea during the blizzard of 1978. The mostly level trail winds through forest and beside the marsh, giving you the chance to study some of the area’s plants and wildlife. Trailside markers identify some common trees and shrubs.
Walking the Cape and Islands

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Walking the Cape and Islands

by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)

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 stands, but Beston’s cabin, which was nestled in the dunes on Coast Guard Beach, was last seen floating out to sea during the blizzard of 1978.

The mostly level trail winds through forest and beside the marsh, giving you the chance to study some of the area’s plants and wildlife. Trailside markers identify some common trees and shrubs.

©  David Weintraub/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Eastham
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Cape Cod National Seashore
Local Maps: USGS Orleans
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Cod National Seashore - Nauset Marsh Trail and Coast Guard Beach

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