Nauset Trail

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain315ft
Trailhead Elevation40ft
Elevation Min/Max6/46ft
Elevation Start/End40/40ft

Nauset Trail

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 Eastham 1869 Schoolhouse Museum (elevation 39 feet) museum, the Weather and Communications Tower communication tower, and the Showers are near the trailhead. There are also a bicycle parking, bicycle parkings, a wood, and an information board. Salt Pond Visitor Center and another parking can be seen along the trail. There are also a bench and wetlands along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Nauset Marsh Trail, Buttonbush Trail and Doane-Reed Trail.

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"This is an easy loop with a lot to see. Lighthouses, beaches, and the choice to make a longer trip via the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT). This ride is a loop, so it can start anywhere along its course, with parking at Doane Rock Picnic Area (mile 0.9), the Nauset Light Beach parking lot (fee required in season), along Cable Road by the Three Sisters lighthouses (a few spaces), Nauset Regional High School (not during school hours), or at the start of this ride, the Salt Pond Visitor Center (free parking), just off Route 6 in Eastham on Nauset Road.

Starting at the visitor center, this ride parallels the Nauset Trail for 1.5 miles on Nauset Road, and then Doane Road at mile 0.5. There is the option to ride the Nauset Trail, but riding the roads avoids pedestrians and other users of the multi-use trail, where speeds have to be slower."

"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 at the Cape Cod National Seashore, with helpful rangers at the Visitor Center, a great place to get orientation to the region.

This is an out-and-back ride and also a connector route from the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) to the Nauset Trail at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. The Nauset Trail is a paved bike path maintained by the National Park Service, and was freshly repaved in 2014. The Nauset Trail begins at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham."

"This hike is a good introduction to a pair of natural habitats that define Cape Cod: tidal marshlands and the beaches that stand between them and the open ocean. Most people think of ocean swims and suntans on the beach when they conjure up a vacation on the Cape, but as this trip shows, you can find a lot more to enjoy and experience—and still have plenty of time to hit the surf.

The Salt Pond Visitor Center provides plenty of information for all ages, including films and videos, discussions, lectures, and presentations, but we recommend saving indoors for the end of your trip. Right now, head out behind the main building to the outdoor amphitheater that sits just above the upper reaches of Nauset Marsh. Stay to the right of the amphitheater stage and look for signs to the marsh trail."

"This gently undulating bike trail begins at the visitor center and terminates at Coast Guard Beach, where a former station still stands. (From the visitor center, you also have quick access to the Cape Cod Rail Trail—located just west of Route 6 near Old Orchard Road—which extends to Eastham on its way to its terminus in South Wellfleet.)

You find plenty to see and do after you’ve reached the beach (swim, explore the beach, watch for birds and passing boats, etc.), but don’t skimp on the ride out to the ocean. With the small and scenic Salt Pond on your right spreading out into spectacular Nauset Marsh, this trip is one of the loveliest on the Cape."

"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."

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Trail Information

Cape Cod National Seashore
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Cape Cod National Seashore
National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore
Local Contacts
Arrow Street Atlas: Cape Cod including Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket, p. 45
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Oct 2018