Explore the most popular birding trails in Cape Cod National Seashore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful. Highly recommend. Dogs allowed for part on leash

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

hiking
1 month 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!!!

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.

birding
1 month 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!

2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

No dogs = lame

nature trips
2 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.

One of my favorite spots. Beautiful variation in terrain. Other people on trail but does not feel crowded.

4 months ago

Nice boardwalk finished winter 2017/ spring 2018, but some spots soft. TONS of poison ivy, even starting to grow up through the boardwalk. Stick to the center of the boardwalk to avoid accidentally brushing up against the poison ivy. Beautiful scenery

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail that takes you through beach, marsh, and forest. Go at low tide if you’d like a smoother walk along the beach. Our GPS clicked this at 6.1 miles, not 4.7, but we parked on the road rather than the trailhead lot.

A great walk through the swamp. Water and restrooms available at the trailhead. Bring bug dope.

Absolutely beautiful. Empty beaches with stunning views. I would not rate this as difficult and we don’t hike often.

Super easy with kids and pretty views

Really enjoyed this trail and we took our 2 year old with us (we had a carrier).

Great hike with a beautiful ending which opens up to the beach!

This trail is practically non existent. Using gps we finally arrived between the two ponds only to find high water and we decided not to take boots and socks off to wade through. I do not recommend this trail.

on Fort Hill Trail

6 months ago

Great for all ages

Great views, nice walk with various different types of scenery.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

very nice trail

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