Sandy Neck Nature Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews

Sandy Neck Nature Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Barnstable, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

Would have been a fun walk if it weren't for the horseflies that started attacking about 100 feet in. We gave up and decided to go to the beach instead. Also, dogs are only allowed on the marsh side - not on the beach side - of the loop (during the summer) so there wasn't even a view of the beach, just the marshes and dunes.

walking
4 months ago

Not a good walking trail at all, unless you adore trudging through deep sand and enjoy the stench of stagnant water in the marshes. We went about .7 of a mile in before deciding to scrap this one and walk back. Go down the road a bit to the Old Briar Patch Trail if you want a nice walk. :)

walking
8 months ago

A good walking trail. It can be very sunny in the summer and extremely (extremely!) windy in the winter. So dress accordingly and always bring a hat or scarf in the off seasons just in case, you can always leave it in the car. Don't forget water! Also the trailhead markers by the road say, Trail 1, 1.5 miles (or similar) they mean it's one and a half miles OUT, not the loop! Beach is a good winter walk and a good place for a few shells but the beach is rocky so footing can be iffy at times.

hiking
8 months ago

pretty sand dunes in looped trail

hiking
9 months ago

Very flat and long. Much longer than expected. The scenery does not change often but is wonderful. You can also turn on multiple trails along the way in order to have a lighter hike.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

camping
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hiked out to the tenting are (fee required) in a rain storm on September 13, 2015. It is approx 3.7 miles along the beach side to the tenting area. It is a beautiful hike along the ocean but you walk in sand the entire time. The tenting area is protected from the wind with wild cranberries and beach plums in the area. The next day, in beautiful weather, we hiked along the marsh trail which is mostly flat but also sandy. My legs from the knees down got a geed work out. On a nice day it is a beautiful hike if you can handle hiking on the sand.

camping
Monday, July 30, 2012

Hiked out to the tenting campsite along the back trail. Very buggy, with difficult terrain to move quickly through. Expect to spend twice as much time along the dunes as you would along the water's edge. It seems more like an ATV trail than a hiking trail.

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2012

This hike is mostly flat but sandy. The trail can be hiked out and back or as a loop onto the beach. You can loop can make a 1.6 mile loop that will take about 1 hour at a strong pace or 2 hours at a leisurely pace. If you have not hiked here before I recommend trying the short loop for your first hike. The view of the marsh estuary system and sand dunes is amazing. Here's a link to a trail guide.http://town.barnstable.ma.us/SandyNeckPark/FileUploads/sandynecktrails.pdf
If you do not have a Sandwich or Barnstable beach sticker and it is summer beach hours I would call the ranger gatehouse to ask about nature trail parking or you may have to pay a fee for beach lot parking. The water is ALWAYS cold here, be forewarned if your plan to swim as you hike the beach back to the parking area!

walking
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

hiking
Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Nice open trail but too much loose beach sand for us to really enjoy on a warm day.