This quiet year-round campground at the beginning of Cape Cod has over 285 sites in a wooded setting (camping site 1; camping site 2). Yurt camping is now available. More than 15 miles of roads and trails provide hiking and equestrian access to over 700 acres of pitch pine and scrub oak landscape. Parking access to the beach at Scusset State Reservation is provided in camping fee.
Hiked out to the tenting are (fee required) in a rain storm on September 13, 2015. It is approx 3.7 miles along the beach side to the tenting area. It is a beautiful hike along the ocean but you walk in sand the entire time. The tenting area is protected from the wind with wild cranberries and beach plums in the area. The next day, in beautiful weather, we hiked along the marsh trail which is mostly flat but also sandy. My legs from the knees down got a geed work out. On a nice day it is a beautiful hike if you can handle hiking on the sand.
Not a very good place to hike better for mountain biking or dirt bike . Parking area looks like no one has parked there in a long time ! Trails not marked got lost ended up in someones backyard & had to ask for directions back by road 1.5 mile hike back to the car ! Go to Scorton Creek instead Excellent place to Hike !!!
My daughter and I hiked this trail today. There is no parking lot or signage and GPS had us park on the side of the road at the dead end and walk. Nice paths and hills but remember your way because as you walk deeper into the woods you go off many paths which made it difficult to find our way back. I recommend hiking in October because we didn't see one bug.
Hiked out to the tenting campsite along the back trail. Very buggy, with difficult terrain to move quickly through. Expect to spend twice as much time along the dunes as you would along the water's edge. It seems more like an ATV trail than a hiking trail.
This hike is mostly flat but sandy. The trail can be hiked out and back or as a loop onto the beach. You can loop can make a 1.6 mile loop that will take about 1 hour at a strong pace or 2 hours at a leisurely pace. If you have not hiked here before I recommend trying the short loop for your first hike. The view of the marsh estuary system and sand dunes is amazing. Here's a link to a trail guide.http://town.barnstable.ma.us/SandyNeckPark/FileUploads/sandynecktrails.pdf
If you do not have a Sandwich or Barnstable beach sticker and it is summer beach hours I would call the ranger gatehouse to ask about nature trail parking or you may have to pay a fee for beach lot parking. The water is ALWAYS cold here, be forewarned if your plan to swim as you hike the beach back to the parking area!