kid friendly



nature trips


dogs on leash

wild flowers



no dogs

trail running

"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.

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.

8 days ago

No dogs = lame

nature trips
17 days 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.

road biking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous views. Huge hills, definitely not for a beginner.

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

on Red Maple Swamp Trail

1 month 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

2 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.

2 months ago

Great walk/hike. Nice plentiful parking area, well marked and maintained trails. Wide and flat with a few stairs. Highly recommend.

Great hike from Salt Pond Visitor Center to Coast Guard Beach. The path through the woods is well marked and worn. Between 4-5 miles and very relaxing.

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

4 months ago

Great for all ages

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

What an Amazon experience! The trail is amazing. Mostly flat.However, there are a few stairs to climb. The view was amazing. Feeding the birds was hands down our favourite!

We loved it!

10 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

10 months ago

Awesome day! Easy walk in the sand.

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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Nice place to walk, but a bit of a challenge slogging through the sand

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