Looking for a great trail in Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, walking trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 11 easy trails in Cape Cod National Seashore ranging from 0.7 to 6 miles and from 6 to 85 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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"A man may stand there and put all America behind him." Henry David Thoreau The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.

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Great hike for the whole family. This hike is different all year long.

One on the top Trails in the Wellfleet & Truro area. Many beautiful views.

Great, interesting trail for all ages. Buggy during the middle of the summer months. Spectacular boardwalk path through the swamp.

Really pretty. We clocked the loop at more like 1.4 miles. Definitely do this hike.

The trail is closed as of nov 25, 2018. no signs saying why or when it will open

I enjoyed this hike. I started the hike just before dusk so I had to really step it out. The trail is generally well marked but down near the swamp there are a couple of ways to go. The way I went extended the hike a little longer but ended up rejoining the trail. I think the best part of the trail was the little extended portion that I did.

Great ocean hike! Well worth it....

super fun and fairly different trail for the outer cape. lots of signs that identify the different trees, and wonderful fall folliage along the ponds.

Definitely not for a beginner. Beautiful views but some short steep hills. Watch for sand and leaves on the paved path. A bit like a rollercoaster ride for a bike!

hiking
4 months ago

I would consider this less of a hike and more of a leisurely stroll. The views are terrific and well worth the effort.

Beautiful. Highly recommend. Dogs allowed for part on leash

hiking
4 months ago

Nice short walk in the forest between dunes. Parking area is very spacious, and with picnic tables.

A nice easy walk through forest and ancient white cedar swamp. Actually only one 1⃣ mosquito!

hiking
5 months ago

Quick hike with a good variety of scenery. I’d do it again if I’m in the area but it’s not a hike I’m going to go out of my way to do.

Small trail, beautifully paved through the woods. No pets and ticks alert!!!

hiking
5 months ago

I am at the race point beach early and decided to do a moderate hike. The officer at toll gate suggested me to take this trail. Although it's a bike trail, there was plenty of space to walk. I took detours to cape cod seashore visitor center and beech trail. The beech trail is a must go. I have never touched a lotus flower before. There were literally thousands of them on the trail. Simply beautiful and would definitely do it again.

Pretty interesting loop through Pitch Pine forest down into the Cedar Swamp. The swamp is very unique with its tall Cedar trees that almost block out the sun. The trails are very well maintained with easy boardwalks and wide paths. Don’t pass up the 0.6 mile Spur to Marconi Beach, great views can be had from the massive dunes.

bird watching
5 months ago

If you dislike other human beings, this is the place for you. Had 2 miles to ourselves in the middle of August.

Challenging walk upon long 1/2 mile rock jetty from Ptown Inn and then in soft sand once on Long Point. Can get hot so bring water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses. Beware of high tide as it can cover the jetty and strand you preventing your return trip!! Long Point is isolated, serene, tranquil, bird inhabited (careful as some birds are teritorial & will dive bomb you!!), & can be buggy. In gereral a challenging hike over water (jetty) and over soft sand

Unmarked trail is difficult to follow and easy to get lost, however the pristine fresh water kettle ponds are secluded, tranquil, undeveloped, gorgeous, warm water, sandy entrances, and beg to be swam in!! Some ponds (larger ones) are cleaner than others, beware of snap turtles & earaches tho!!

Terrific hike thru Truro's old cranberry bogs, only partially shaded, can get buggy, ends at hill summit with panaramic view of Truro's Balston beach with Pamet River & ocean breach break thru!

5 months ago

Beautiful hike. And definitely quite challenging.
The hike has a few parts: the initial part is less than half a mile to an access point to the beach, could be doable for families, I saw people with flip flops walking it. Many people seem to bring beach gear and set up for the day. Incredible scenery and amazing tide pools nearby. If you don’t go to the beach there, the trail continues until another beach access point, maybe 1.5-2 mile strenuous hike where you can choose to go to the beach, or continue on to the end loop part. The end loop part is partly wooded, partly open and very beautiful. The trail ends on the beach, where you can then continue on to a sand bar, or head back along the beach.

I spoke to a few people along the path were told the path isn’t a loop. It IS a loop, with one way being along the beach.

Definitely plan to be on the beach portion at low tide! It’s very special.

hiking
5 months ago

I've done this trail a couple of times in my trip down to the Cape. It's really flat and not very interesting like hilly or mountainous trail that I prefer. We were on our way to Provincetown so it helps break up the long drive quite a bit and gave the kids much needed break.

hiking
5 months ago

MY husband and I brought our kiddos to hike here. It was an enjoyable and easy hike. The trail connects to two other trails making our entire hike 2 miles total. All of the trails were beautiful with lots of flora and fauna to see and identify.

I walked this trail mid morning with my wife and three girls (8, 10,12). This was an easy walk, especially if you stay on the main trail. There is a box that usually has maps at the start of the trail. Plenty of places to stop and enjoy the peacefulness. There is a seasonal bathroom about half way, which can be good for kids. At the top you come Indian Rock, a nice little piece of history and great views of the marsh from the top.
The trail back is pleasant, and spots you step out a little for some great views and/or photos. The tide was lower and there was a small trail off to the right (not on the map), and only accessible when the tide is down, that lead down onto the edge of the marsh. We walked that right along until you get to where it heads back up the hill through some tall (6ft+) grass and in through some tall shrubs before heading up the hill to the side of the last parking lot. We continued down the main trail until the finish at the Penninman House.

hiking
6 months ago

No dogs = lame

nature trips
6 months ago

What a beautiful hike. Hiking along the jetty and beach is surprisingly more difficult than expected. It is not a difficult hike but you do a bit more work walking on the sand than you would on a hard trail.

Be aware this trail has little shade and goes extensively through sand dunes. Can be difficult to navigate with smaller children. The views are nice but the lack of shade on a hot day can make this trail less enjoyable.

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