Sandy Neck Nature Trail

MODERATE 58 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery both on the marsh and beach side. We enjoyed the afternoon in the fall sunshine. There is a fair amount of loose sand (sometimes over hills) and or rocky terrain. Wear boots. We did not notice any odor or mosquitos as others have noted. We did marsh trail to trail 4, started back on the loop, then cut back to the marsh on trail 2. We would call this moderate at 8 miles and change.... the full 11-12 miles of trail 5 might be pushing it into the advanced column given the deep sand. ( note the longest trail as listed here is trail 4. There is an additional trail 5 shown on the park map.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Went early October. Started on the beach trail then took trail 2 to the marsh side and back. Walking in deep sand was difficult at times, definitely a great workout. We took our dog and only passed by a couple of people walking along the beach.

hiking
bridge out
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

Short version to trail 2 and return marsh trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great off season. Too hot/crowded in the summer on beach side. Peaceful/solitude marsh side. Be mindful of hunting seasons.

hiking
9 months ago

excellet bay side beach 7 miles ...off seaso very peaceful

hiking
off trail
over grown
private property
9 months ago

Very nice view and breeze, we went on a sunny day in early spring. The trail itself is sometimes overgrown with grass (not a huge issue), and the vast majority of the path is either deep sand (boots recommended) or very rocky. Very isolated on the inland side, with infrequent traffic and some families/dogs along the beach side. Views on both sides are expansive and stretch into the horizon.

running
10 months ago

Nice area and really cool geology. Interesting bungalow's here and there. Enjoyable!

hiking
Mon Oct 29 2018

Great hike, but very difficult walking in the sand. Watch out for high tide, we definitely got our sneakers wet.

Sat Sep 29 2018

this is a stunning trail on cape cod. I live in Dennis and do it a lot. You can leave all civilization behind. Be sure to time for load tide. I find the loop boring and do out and back on marsh. I do 12 miles. loose sand is a drag but It gets better. stick it out. best in fall . too hot in summer and no shade. no water for dogs but they are allowed.

Sat Sep 22 2018

Tough trail to run but worth every mile. The outbound leg is primarily loose Sand that drains your energy with every step. It winds against beautiful marsh land. The return leg is on the water and the breeze felt amazing. Beautiful rocks and a multitude of green and blue colors in the ocean. Kind and courteous people along the trail.

Sun Aug 12 2018

High tide water slog, 18” deep! Right on!

Thu Jul 06 2017

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
Sat Jul 01 2017

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
Fri Mar 10 2017

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
Wed Mar 08 2017

pretty sand dunes in looped trail

hiking
Sat Feb 18 2017

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.

camping
Tue Sep 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
Mon Jul 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
Fri Feb 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!

hiking
Tue Sep 07 2010

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

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