Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

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.

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

We loved it!

7 months ago

very nice trail

very nice views, but would have loved if it would have been dog-friendly

We did this today nice rolling hills and views of sand dune shrubs

Nice hike which includes ocean views from one of the higher dunes in The Cape

I accidentally went way beyond the "gut" portion of the trail, because it was a gorgeous day and the walk along the shore was fairly easy.

9 months ago

short trail, not much to see, parking is by permit only but was able to park along the road. part of the ajoining trail closed for renovations that will take place fall/winter 2017 per sign. seemed like several of the planks where until repair on the boardwork covered with ply wood throughout.

10 months ago

Great views of the dunes and beach. Bog house is a really cool landmark too. Secluded beach access if you're up for the trek.

This would have been 4*.....but big signs... NO PETS/DOGS! Found only by seeking "dog friendly"

11 months ago

Nice hike along the top of the dunes and then back through the forest to bog house

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Hard to follow trails, great scenery. If you don't just mind wandering around it's a great place to hike.

I love this little Trail full of History. I'm a decendant of over four pilgrims, so it it's kind of nostalgic in a way to walk these Trails thinking of my ancestors. Thank God they came here in November and didn't have to deal with the bugs. lol

Monday, October 31, 2016

Closed for repairs.

road biking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Quick and easy trail from the salt pond out to the beach was about 15-20min bike ride on the trail. We had age ranges from 8-56 years old varying levels on being in shape and out of shape. Has a couple of hills to climb and cruise down. Getting to the beach is very cool with not too many people there where you can see seals and some historical coast guard buildings. Great views as well.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This trail is no longer dog-friendly.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I had bad luck bird-wise on the afternoon I went, but the boardwalk is beautiful. Beware that the entrance described in the directions is no longer open and it's not possible to make a loop. To access the boardwalk, either approach from the Penniman House or walk the paved trail to the Sharpening stone, continue on the trail to the right and make another right into the swamp area.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I chose this trail for a morning dog walk/birding outing. It was a bit confusing at first because there is nothing saying "Old King's trail", but I quickly realized that it's now called "Head of the Meadow Bike Trail". It's paved and leads to Pilgrim Heights. At the far end there is a sand road leading to the beach, so you could make a loop back to the parking lot by walking the beach back. Contrary to the description, it goes through coastal scrub forest all the way. There is no river! Nice forest but a bit monotonous.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

great quick trail, watch out for Poison ivy in places. Especially like the memorial stone for the Pilgrims spring it must have been great to have fresh water after so long at sea.

on Province Lands Trail

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Monday, May 09, 2016

It was too foggy to see the views from the hilltop but this short and easy hike was worth it just to look at the interesting vegetation and to show our nephew the cranberry bog. Very well maintained trails and great for kids!

A map and interesting facts about the vegetation and history can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/upload/FinalPametrackcards.pdf

It was well-worth a read ahead of the hike so we could explain the significance of what we were looking at to our nephew along the hike.

Friday, August 14, 2015

This is an easy trail - easy to follow. Has some wooded areas, and beautiful water views.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A wee bit more strenuous than its shorter cousin, the Pilgrim Spring Trail, this one takes you deeper into the pitch pine, bayberry, and blackjack oak forests of native Cape Cod. Bug spray recommended in summer months from June through early October, I prefer eucalyptus spray [ available at Walmart or Kmart, etc.] instead of that nasty Deet junk. It works just as well.

A nice short and easy hike that takes one up and down several small rolling sandhills, this trail takes one through the pitch pine and scrub oak Cape Cod forests, at which point one comes to an opening before turning right and hiking down a hill toward the infamous Pilgrim Spring. Now just a fraction of what it may have been like back in 1620 C.E. the spring still flows into a small, slow-moving creek passing under the nearby Truro Bicycle Trail [ paved]. Note: bring plenty of mosquito repellent during the summer months, I prefer eucalyptus repellent which works just as well as that stinking Deet junk.

nature trips
Saturday, July 26, 2014

The trails at the shores were ok. Well kept and there many places to rent bikes. Our family also visited all the National Seashore beaches and visited a two light houses. I think it was more tailored to tourists than a place to get away. Driving to many places on the seashore we noticed a lot of businesses kind of run down? The reason I think no more than three stars is I was looking deeper into the enviroment. I noticed the destruction of many decades of deforesting that caused huge sand dunes caused by man. Bottom line over rated. Sorry, but this was what my daughter and I had viewed. In no means I believe this is a bad place. I think everyone should get over there and enjoy the outdoors.

on Province Lands Trail

Monday, July 14, 2014

I love the bike trails! You can rent bikes cheap in town and bike away to all the trails and stop at the beautiful beaches. The trail is somewhat easy considering I'm not a biker and I just do it for fun. There are areas of shade and make sure you bring a bottle of water! It's worth it! I def recommend this trail! You can also stop at the tourist info center in the middle of the trail to use the bathroom if that's the case!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

This is a National Seashore trail up a large hill covered in bearberry ground cover. At the top you are overlooking a 360 panorama of the the Atlantic Ocean, the Pamet River, and wooded hills of outer Cape Cod. Not a long hike at all, but the views are great.

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