8 Best Hikes on Cape Cod


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.

While these all ring true, Cape Cod has so much more to offer visitors: a rich and interesting history dating back to the 17th century.

Great Island Trail

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

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

A popular choice is to head out along Bay View Trail – the trail travels along a seawater inlet, through oak & pine forests, looping back via the Goose Pond Trail.

Long Point Lighthouse Trail

You’ll make your way across the rocky jetty, the West End breakwater heading towards Long Point Beach, passing by Wood End Lighthouse.

Nauset Marsh Trail

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

Meandering through open fields and alongside coastal forests, you’ll get to admire spectacular views of the Nauset Marsh area that opens up into the Atlantic Ocean.

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