Harding's Beach Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chatham, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length1.8 miElevation gain19 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachViewsWildflowersNo dogs
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K Conner
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Beautiful trail and loved being able to hear the waves all the time! Great views of osprey nest near the lighthouse. Today they are dredging so lots of black pipes on beach but still so beautiful!

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Benjamin Stark
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John Kelly
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Nice easy ~2 mile loop that starts from the east-most (or second) parking lot at Harding’s Beach. There is a trail through the dunes, and you return along the shore. The end point has a rock jetty recently uncovered due to erosion- where the channel leads into Stage Harbor. The peninsula running off to the southwest is Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. There is also a decommissioned lighthouse where you turn around that is now privately owned. In the winter look for snowy owls.

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Andrew Giambarba
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Philip Coombes
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Roberta Shaw
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Low tide you can walk all the way around to the banks of Oyster River. Can be tough on mostly soft sand, but totally wort it.

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Mairead Loschi
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Beautiful day for a walk! The lighthouse at the end is gorgeous especially in the slanting fall afternoon light.

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Jeremy Rogers
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Beautiful

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Dan L'emand
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Peaceful and beautiful walk. Nice wide path (sand), relatively free of bugs and poison ivy. Rewarded at the end with a lighthouse. Saw some osprey nests and white egret. Will do this one again!

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Laurie Phelan
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Gorgeous views, good challenge through sand. We parked in first parking lot. Walked to trail in second lot. Did inner trail out and along the water back. 2.6 miles 17:58 mile pace. Great workout. Thought I recorded, but alas, didn’t. We try to do this hike in the spring and fall. Nice and cool today. Absolutely no shade.

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Lynn E.
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We’ve always loved this beach and found it quiet in the morning. Parking is free before 9am so you can hangout on the beach after your walk. Caught low tide so walked way out with the birds. Nice breeze kept it cool. Meandered off trail many times exploring.

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Kiana Kintchen
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Karl Kohler
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Hiking

Beautiful winter walk to the lighthouse and return on the beach

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Nessie Loch
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Stunning, beautiful, peaceful walk. Recommend a low tide in early October. No parking fees after Labor Day.

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Annette Clearwaters
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They should call it Horseshoe Crab Cemetery Trail! It’s like a seagull cafeteria, but very peaceful and relaxed beach walk.

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Ryan Delena
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It’s a pretty nice walk along the coastline with great views of the ocean and the lighthouse. Currently you can see an osprey nest on the tower near the lighthouse. Lots of birds and horseshoe crabs can be seen along the beach. We made the mistake of going at high tide so we weren’t able to really enjoy the walk, the whole beach was either underwater or covered in seaweed and the sand was really deep and hard to walk in. Definitely go at low tide for a better walk.

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Elizabeth Goetz-Spitko
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Beautiful view. Relatively free of others early in the morning. Sandy trail. Walk it at low tide.

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Kaitlin Worobey
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Great evening walk on a Saturday close to 5pm when all the beach goers are gone, they don’t make you pay $20 after 4:30pm to walk the trail along the beach and dunes so that was a plus! *Started by going past the chain fence towards the back the beach In the second parking lot. * Pretty easy walk, some sand is compacted so walking is a breeze in some spots, but be prepared to walk in the sand. (Duh.) Half way through the trail was actually diverted around a nesting area for the piping clovers! There are signs just follow those past the lighthouse. You can’t go in the lighthouse, it is actually a private residence. Walking back towards the parking lot on the beach was nice, I would check the tides and preferably visit when it is low, or going out because you can see some cool sea creatures. Unfortunately passed two dead seals

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Nathalie Fischer
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We do this walk every morning when we are here. Although not overly strenuous, it definitely gets your heart rate up when you hit the deep sand sections. We always walk all the way to the end and explore the tidal pools filled with sea critters and the beaches with various other wildlife (and even a dead seal!!!) Highly recommend if you're in the area.

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Benjamin Zemek
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While a nice, short hike, if you don't already have a Chatham parking sticker, you'll pay $20 for the parking. Once over the associated frustration, you'll see plenty of horseshoe crab skeletons, enjoy a beautiful view of the cape, and be able to take in the interesting scene of the lighthouse located at the trail's end. Interesting in part because it's privately owned and occupied as a private residence.

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Nicholas Hanley
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While beautiful, taking this hike when it's 25 degrees and windy is fairly foolish. On the way out the wind was at our back, which purely means it blasted us in the face the whole return trip. I'd recommend this hike though.

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Nancy Murphy
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Hidden gem. Beautiful walk to the Stage Harbor Lighthouse and private beach at the end. So peaceful

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Edward Broomfield
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Except for deep sand in a few places it is a very enjoyable afternoon ocean hike. A popular wind surfing area.

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Katie Elena
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Don Kolp
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Kelly Reed
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Tali Cherizli
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Dan Hartnett
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Sara Theriault
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Laurie Phelan
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