Nauset Marsh Trail

Orleans, Massachusetts

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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 to overtake the highway. On the Nauset Marsh Trail, which is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, you will witness some of the natural change affecting the Cape as the tides swell and then flush the pond and marsh areas at precise intervals. This is a super walk for young families, just over 1 mile long with a variety of water views. Watch out for poison ivy, which grows rampant on the Cape. Sneakers are fine.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

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 to overtake the highway.

On the Nauset Marsh Trail, which is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, you will witness some of the natural change affecting the Cape as the tides swell and then flush the pond and marsh areas at precise intervals. This is a super walk for young families, just over 1 mile long with a variety of water views. Watch out for poison ivy, which grows rampant on the Cape. Sneakers are fine.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Orleans
Distance: 1.25
Elevation Gain: 90 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore
Local Maps: USGS Orleans
Driving Directions: Directions to Nauset Marsh Trail

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