Think of Cape Cod, and you’ll likely think of dreamy summer vacations, long stretches of white sandy beaches, iconic lighthouses, and some of the best seafood on the East Coast.

If it is nature and hiking you favor in Cape Cod, you may consider staying between Provincetown and Eastham.

Great Island Trail

Is considered one of the best hiking trails Cape Cod has to offer. Forming part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the 8.8-mile roundtrip loop hike to Jeremy Point passes along dunes, hidden beaches, marshes, and through pine forests that offer up incredible views out over the Cape Cod Bay.

Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

Is perhaps the most unique hike you’ll find. Descending through an oak and pine forest, through woodlands you’ll stumble upon a boardwalk that meanders along the striking Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Another fabulous hiking trail system in Cape Cod is the 5-mile network of trails at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary that winds and meaders through Wellfleet Harbor.

Long Point Lighthouse Trail

On this moderate Massachusetts hiking trail, you’ll get the opportunity to admire a truly quintessential icon of Cape Cod, the New England style Long Point Lighthouse.

Nauset Marsh Trail

Is an easy 1.3-mile loop that starts from the Salt Pond Visitor Center. The trail edges along the Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, crossing a field and through a forest with many beautiful vantage points along the way.

Fort Hill Trail

For those in search of an easier alternative, the short 1-mile loop Fort Hill Trail that joins up to the Red Maple Swamp walkway is the perfect solution.

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