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Herring Cove / Wood End Professional Review and Guide
"This hike along the outermost reaches of the National Seashore allows you to partially trace by land what the exhausted and frustrated Pilgrims saw from the wet, cold deck of the Mayflower as they rounded the tip of the Cape before finding refuge in Provincetown Harbor.
You can reach Wood End and its lighthouse either by walking the outer beach or on a sand road that passes through a lovely dune habitat before emerging at the inner shore, at the edge of the upper harbor and salt marsh. I suggest heading out on the ocean side and returning on the inside, taking advantage of distinct but connected coastal habitats each way."
--Michael O'Connor, Discover Cape Cod (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
This trail is listed a two hour hike in the trail guide, however for the duration of the trail you are walking on either the beach or sand dunes and it took us much longer to complete our journey. We were not able to find a path through a sand road and did the entire trail on the outer beach. Beautiful view of the ocean and the dunes, however very exhausting as you are walking on uneven sand/beach for many miles. Beware of a large amount of poison ivy in the dunes, and also a large amount of ticks; we found several on the dog after completing the hike and also crawling on our clothes. You are able to walk up to the lighthouse and the land surrounding it; also a large amount of poison ivy in this area. There was a small oil shed that was behind it and was open, however it was filled with garbage from what appears to be previous hikers. We did the trail during low tide, and were able to make it up to the dike and cross the marsh, which seemed to cut out a significant portion of time traveling back. Note that the start of the trail is located in Herring Cove; we went during off season and did not have to pay, but as this is a main beach during "peak" times in the Cape, you will need to pay the daily beach fee to part here.
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