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Cape Cod Walking and Hiking Trails
In addition to miles of beautiful beaches, Cape Cod is home to thousands of acres of conservation land which feature trails throughout woodlands featuring an abundance of flora, fauna, hundreds of various bird species and wildlife…many breathtaking glacier-formed kettle ponds offering spectacular views and working and abandoned cranberry bogs dotted throughout. Below is a guide to some of the many walking and hiking trails on Cape Cod.
Upper Cape Walking and Hiking Trails
Four Ponds Park and Town Forest
Barlow’s Landing Rd., Bourne (508) 759-0623
A 300-acre conservation area with marked hiking trails, and marked spots for fishing (pickerel and trout). Park in the lot on the right of Barlow’s Landing Road about 1 mile from MacArthur Boulevard.
Shore Rd. and Thaxter Rd., Bourne (508) 563-2884
A ½-mile circular wooded trail through 40 acres of land along Red Brook Pond. Working cranberry bogs.Enter at Shore Road and Thaxter Road.
DeNormandie Woods Conservation Area and Broyer and Robinson Conservation Area
Red Brook Rd., Bourne (508) 563-2884
Nine acres plus a connecting two-thirds of a mile trail to the 30-acre Broyer and Robinson Conservation Area. Enter either by Shore Road between Red Brook Harbor Road and County Road or along Red Brook Road between Scraggy Neck Road and Parker’s Boat Yard.
Boyden Farm Conservation Lands
Cotuit Rd., Sandwich (508) 888-4200
A 48-acre conservation area abutting Peter’s Pond. Park west of Cotuit Road and just south of Farmersville Road.
Maple Swamp Conservation Area
Service Rd., Sandwich (508) 888-4200
A 500-acre area along a service road parallel to U.S. Rt. 6 between exits 3 and 4. Closed to vehicles and bikes with numerous walking trails. Parking is limited along the road. At 250 above sea level at one point, one of the highest points of land on the Cape.
Ryder Conservation Area
Cotuit and South Sandwich Rds. Sandwich (508) 888-4200
The 243-acre area offers 5 miles of walking trails. Wakeby Lake offers fishing, canoeing, swimming and boat ramp. Beach sticker required during the summer months between 9 AM and 4 PM and may be purchased at the Sandwich Town Hall, (508) 888-4910. Parking lots off the west side of Cotuit Road between Harlow Road and Boardly Road.
Spring Hill Conservation Area
Salt Marsh Rd., Sandwich (508) 888-4200
A barrier beach at the end of Salt Marsh Road off Foster Road. Accessible for saltwater fishing in Cape Cod Bay.
Scusset Beach State Reservation
Scusset Beach Rd., Sandwich (508) 888-0859
A 1-mile trail through the State park leads to Sagamore Hill, with views overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Take Meetinghouse Road east off the Sagamore Rotary to Scusset Beach Road to the trail entrance opposite the pier.
Shawme-Crowell State Forest
Mass. Rt. 130, Sandwich (508) 888-0351
A 742-acre state-run park with 285 campsites and 15 miles of roads and trails for hiking and biking. View all of Cape Cod Bay from the summit of Mt. Perry. A camping permit allows campers to use Scusset Beach.
Talbot’s Point Conservation Lands
Old County Rd., Sandwich (508) 888-4200
Red-pine forst of 112 acres abutting a saltwater and freshwater marsh, and featuring a freshwater bubbling spring. Park on the wide sandy road north from Old County Road, about 1mile east of Hoxie Pond.
The Briar Patch
Mass. Rt. 6A, East Sandwich (508) 888-6870
A 57-acre conservation area off Mass. Rt. 6A in East Sandwich. Enter the trailheads on Discovery Hill Road off Mass. Rt. 6A behind the Green Briar Nature Center.
Murkwood Conservation Area
Mass. 6A, East Sandwich (508) 888-4200
The 79-acre area’s several miles of trails offer a spectacular view of Scorton Marsh. Park at the East Sandwich Fire Station on Mass. 6A and walk across the street.
Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary
Currier Rd. and Ashumet Rd., Hatchville (Falmouth) (508) 362-1426
Owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, off Mass. Rt. 151 (signs are posted) on Currier Road and Ashumet Road, is a 45-acre preserve open from sunrise to sunset year-round. Trips to the Elizabeth Islands near Falmouth are also available Sundays.
Frances A. Crane Wildlife Management Area
Ashumet Rd., Falmouth (508) 759-3406
A 1,700-acre reserve regulated by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Game. Stocked with game during the fall hunting season and not safe at that time. Good for walking and horseback riding in other seasons. Features amodel airplane flying strip.
Off Depot Ave., Falmouth (508) 457-2536
A 334-acre estate with extensive trails for walking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and bird watching. Four large kettle ponds, glacier boulders and wetlands.
Palmer Ave., Falmouth (508) 457-2543
A 85-acre park with freshwater beach, pavilion, restrooms, barbecue grills, and play equipment.
West Falmouth Hwy. (Mass. Rte. 28A) or Palmer Ave., Falmouth (508) 548-8484|
A 49-acre farm owned and operated by Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuary, Inc. Tours of the 1775 farmhouse and barn in July and August. The trails are open year-round. Donations.
Waquoit Bay, East Falmouth (508) 457-0495
A 334-acre wooded island in Waquoit Bay Only accessible by boat and has no fresh water. Camping by permit only.
Lowell Holly Reservation
South Sandwich Rd., Mashpee (508) 539-1400
A 1½-mile long trail and swimming beach at the Cape’s largest lake. Parking fee on summer weekends. Free on weekdays.
John’s Pond Park
Hooppole Rd., Mashpee (508) 563-1400
A 258-acre park with trails and large sandy beach. Noted for the spring herring run up the Quashnet River. Off Mass. Rt.151 past the Barnstable County Fairgrounds; turn right onto Currier Road, then right on Hooppole Road and right again onto Back Road.
Mashpee River Woodlands
Quinaquisset Rd., Mashpee 508) 563-1400
Over 400 acres with 8 miles of hiking trails along the Mashpee River, a protected waterway. Off the Mashpee Rotary, follow Mass. Rt. 28 toward Hyannis to the first right, Quinaquisset Road.
South Cape Beach
Great Neck Rd., Mashpee (508) 457-0459
At the end of Great Neck Road is a long 3-mile public beach, parking lot, and conservation land with hiking trails.
Great Neck Rd. South, Mashpee (508) 539-1400
A 300-acre reserve with 4miles of marked walking trails.
Mid-Cape Walking and Hiking Trails
Crocker Neck Conservation Area
Santuit Rd., Cotuit (508) 790-6272
A 52-acre peninsula surrounded by Shoestring Bay, Popponesset Bay, and Pinquickset Cove. Marked trails an observation deck overlooking tidal pools. Parking lot off Santuit Road.
Long Pond Conservation Area
Santuit-Newtown Rd., Cotuit (508) 790-6272
Two miles of trails, community garden and observation deck at the 37-acre Long Pond. Parking entrance on Newtown Road, 2.5 miles from Mass. Rt. 28.
Mass. Rt. 149, Marstons Mills (508) 790-6345
A 17-acre park overlooking Hamblin Pond with a 18 “hole” Frisbee golf course, walking trails, playground, volleyball court, croquet area, horseshoe pits, BBQ grills, and pond beach.
Bridge Creek Watershed
Mass. Rt. 149, West Barnstable (508) 790-6272
Off Parker Road off Mass. Rt. 6A, is the 246-acre conservation area with 2½ miles of well-cleared. Maps are available at the trail start.
Sandy Neck Recreation Area
Off Mass. Rt. 6A, West Barnstable (508) 790-6272
There are 5 miles of sandy trails throughout the dunes. Trail map available at the beach guard station. Parking lot.
West Barnstable Conservation Area
Mass. Rt. 149, West Barnstable (508) 790-6272
An extensive 1,114-acre area with 15 miles of trails. Some trails attract mountain bikers. Parking at Popple Bottom Road and Mass. Rt. 149, or off the service road.
Hathaway Pond Recreation Area
Old Phinney’s Ln., Barnstable (508) 790-6272
94 acres with two ponds, trail and picnic area.The entrance is on Phinney’s Lane near Mass. Rt. 132.
Horse Pond Conservation Area
Higgins Crowell Rd., West Yarmouth (508) 398-2231
A 5,073-foot trail abutting Horse Pond.
Meadowbrook Road Conservation Area
Meadowbrook Rd., West Yarmouth (508) 398-2231
A 310-foot-long boardwalk over a freshwater marsh leading to picturesque Swan Pond
Raymond J. Syrjala Conservation Area
Winslow Gray Rd., West Yarmouth (508) 398-2231
The 3,540-foot trail abuts a kettle-hole pond. Off of Route 28.
Crab Creek Conservation Area
North Dennis Rd., Yarmouthport (508) 398-2231
A 500-foot trail follows a creek, abundant with Blue Crabs, that joins Follins Pond with Mill Creek. Dock for fishing.
Callery-Darling Conservation Area
Center St., Yarmouthport (508) 398-2231
A 2.4 mile trail.
Mass. Rt. 6A, Yarmouthport (508) 398-2231
Owned by the town and behind the Yarmouthport Post Office on Mass. Rt. 6A with a small herb garden and a 150-year-old weeping beech tree. Approximately 1 mile long, and another half-mile if you take the Millers Pond trail.
Dennis Pond Conservation Area
Willow St., Yarmouthport (508) 398-2231
A 3,285-foot trail next to Dennis Pond through woodlands. Park on Willow Street.
Bass Hole (Gray’s Beach)
Centre St., Yarmouthport (508) 398-2231
Bass Hole or Gray’s Beach, at the end of Centre Street, features an expansive boardwalk. Small beach, playground, and BBQ facilities. Great sunsets.
Simpkins Neck Romig-Jacquinet Conservation Area
New Boston Rd., Dennis (508) 760-6123
Off New Boston Road, follow the trail through brush to the edge of the marsh.
South St., East Dennis (508) 760-6123
More than 50 acres off South Street at the end of Quivet Cemetery. Follow the dirt road (about 2½ miles round trip) to a barrier beach and wild apple and cherry groves.
Fresh Pond Conservation Area
Mass. Rt. 134, South Dennis (508) 760-6123
On Mass. Rt. 134, with 90 acres of unspoiled nature (blueberries and wild cranberries abound). Four trails.
Indian Lands Conservation Area
Main St., South Dennis (508) 760-6123
A 2-mile walk along the banks of Bass River.
Lower Cape Walking and Hiking Trails
Nickerson State Park
Mass.Rt. 6A, Brewster (508) 896-3491
This 1,779-acre magnificent park with two ponds, 8 miles of bike trails (that link with the Cape Cod Rail Trail) offering water sports and cross-country skiing in the winter. Call for activities and program schedules.
Run Hill Rd., Brewster (508) 896-3701
More than 800 acres with 45 scenic trails.
Spruce Hill Conservation Area
3341 Mass. Rt. 6A, Brewster (508) 896-3701
A 25-acre parcel behind the Brewster Historical Society Museum with a ½-mile-long former carriage road leading to Cape Cod Bay and an expansive beach. The trail was supposedly used by bootleggers during Prohibition.
Bell’s Neck Road Conservation Area
Off Bell’s Neck Rd., Harwich (508) 430-7506
A 245-acre bird-lover’s paradise with herring runs, reservoirs, and tidal creeks. The Cape Cod Bird Club, (508) 432-2528, leads walks here.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Monomoy Island, Chatham (508) 945-0594
Accessible from Chatham only by boat in good weather conditions, Monomoy is a 2,750-acre, two-island wilderness area, one of only four remaining between Maine and New Jersey. More than 285 species of birds, freshwater ponds, non-working lighthouse and a 9-mile-long barrier beach. Morris Island, a 40-acre island accessible by car and foot and you must check a tide chart before visiting—the walking trail closes during high tide. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, (508) 896-3867, and the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, (508) 349-2615, offer guided tours.
Cape Cod National Seashore
(Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown)
With some 27,700 acres of federally-protected undeveloped uplands, bogs, pitch pine forests, sand dunes, and ponds in six towns (Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown), the Seashore takes up almost half of the town of Wellfleet and about 70 percent of Truro. In addition to six glorious ocean beaches, comprising nearly 40 miles of the finest seashore on the Atlantic coast, the Cape Cod National Seashore boasts 9 hiking trails that meander through varied terrain. You can get free hike and bike maps at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham which is open all year (daily except January and February, when it’s open on weekends only), and shows free interpretive videos in addition to hosting a variety of interpretive programs.
The Cape Cod National Seashore
Salt Pond Visitor Center
U.S. Rt. 6, Eastham (508) 255-3421
Province Lands Visitor Center
Race Point Rd., Provincetown (508) 487-1256
Park Headquarters, Marconi Station
off U.S. Rt. 6, Eastham (508) 349-3785 www.nps.gov/caco
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
U.S. Rt. 6, Wellfleet (508) 349-2615 www.wellfleetbay.org
The Massachusetts Audubon Society operates this 1,000-acre sanctuary with spectacular scenery. Self-guided nature trails guided walks, canoe cruises through Nauset Marsh, Monomoy cruises and seal and whale-watching trips are regularly sponsored (book early as they fill up fast). Highlight: The 1 1/2 Goose Pond Trail, part of the 5 miles of trails, leads to the shore. Donations.