Cap Cod National Seashore Trail

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain95ft
Trailhead Elevation34ft
Elevation Min/Max9/64ft
Elevation Start/End34/34ft

Cap Cod National Seashore Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Cape Cod Rail Trail.

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"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 peat environment many feet deep. The reddish-brown cedars grow ramrod straight from raised hummocks in the tannin-hued waters of the swamp spreading under the loop boardwalk trail. Visitors should appreciate these declining trees, which are inexorably giving way to swamp maples and other more dominant species. Other remnant pockets of Atlantic white cedar exist, but this fine example is the most accessible to the public—and the boardwalk helps immensely, both in terms of providing access and protecting the trees." Read more
"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 probably get to see and hear some forest birds as well. The swamp usually has standing water, so bring mosquito repellent. The Marconi Station Site, located just across the parking area from the trailhead, is well worth a visit. When Morse-code messages between President Theodore Roosevelt and England’s King Edward VII were exchanged from here on January 18, 1903, the age of two-way wireless communication began." Read more

Cap Cod National Seashore Trail Reviews

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This trail is very easy & very short so it comes across as a bit anti-climatic for anyone looking for a bit of exercise on a hike. It does have some serious "cool" factor though since the White Cedar Swamp seems almost surreal and out of place on Cape Cod. The boardwalk through the swamp is synthetic wood in excellent condition but there are plenty of mosquitos. Bring repellant! The signs along the trail are not much more than temporary diversions - just names of trees with no other detail or explanation. Overall the trail is worth a look if only to stretch your legs on the way to P-Town or to see something out of the ordinary for the outer Cape.

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Trail Information

Cape Cod National Seashore
Nearby City
Cape Cod National Seashore
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Cape Cod National Seashore
Local Contacts
USGS Wellfleet
Local Maps

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Dec 2018