Explore the most popular walking trails near Wellfleet with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful. Highly recommend. Dogs allowed for part on leash

hiking
1 month ago

Quick hike with a good variety of scenery. I’d do it again if I’m in the area but it’s not a hike I’m going to go out of my way to do.

birding
1 month ago

If you dislike other human beings, this is the place for you. Had 2 miles to ourselves in the middle of August.

Unmarked trail is difficult to follow and easy to get lost, however the pristine fresh water kettle ponds are secluded, tranquil, undeveloped, gorgeous, warm water, sandy entrances, and beg to be swam in!! Some ponds (larger ones) are cleaner than others, beware of snap turtles & earaches tho!!

Beautiful hike. And definitely quite challenging.
The hike has a few parts: the initial part is less than half a mile to an access point to the beach, could be doable for families, I saw people with flip flops walking it. Many people seem to bring beach gear and set up for the day. Incredible scenery and amazing ride pools nearby. If you don’t go to the beach there, the trail continues until another beach access point, maybe 1.5-2 mile strenuous hike where you can choose to go to the beach, or continue on to the end loop part. The end loop part is partly wooded, partly open and very beautiful. The trail ends on the beach, where you can then continue on to a sand bar, or head back along the beach.

I spoke to a few people along the path were told the path isn’t a loop. It IS a loop, with one way being along the beach.

Definitely plan to be on the beach portion at low tide! It’s very special.

hiking
1 month ago

I've done this trail a couple of times in my trip down to the Cape. It's really flat and not very interesting like hilly or mountainous trail that I prefer. We were on our way to Provincetown so it helps break up the long drive quite a bit and gave the kids much needed break.

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.

hiking
4 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.

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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Awesome day! Easy walk in the sand.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

started the trail mostly marsh with a trail mostly sand. through a wooded area that isn't clearly marked but able to find our way back to the main trail. this portion is a wide path, sand, pine needles. lots of trees then circles back around to the marsh area. the last bit of the loop seems to closed, it is roped off and the signs say it is suberged. trail ends walking back in the beach, as u continue on the beach there is a large house near the parking area but couldn't find a marked exit off the beach back to the parking area....2 sets of stairs....one marked private. took the other set that lead to woods near the house where the owner of the home came outside yelling we were on private property.....even though the stairs up the dunes were not marked. apologized for not being sure of the trail as she continued to tell us all this land is private....guess she owns the national seashore of wellfleet....not worth your time

Friday, July 21, 2017

beautiful early morning walk on the water

on Great Island Trail

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Very good trail, combination of beach, marsh and woods. The scenery is beautiful!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wonderful hike for a beautiful Thanksgiving Day with family. It is more like 6 miles if you do the whole loop. A good workout.

on Great Island Trail

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

It's a great place Great Island. What I didn't expect was the amount of walking in soft sand...'twas a bit draining. Also it it's longer that stated. More like a 6 mile loop.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It had a lot of everything. Groomed hard packed beach trails, marshes, challenging soft sand beaches, narrow forest trails, sun, shade, gentle hills, flat coastal areas, hermit crabs, minnow-filled tide pools, 450-million year old horseshoe crabs, etc. Well marked, but good luck finding the 18th C. Whaler's Tavern. Don't know why it's marked moderate; it's quite easy, and as long as you want it to be.

scenic driving
Friday, August 05, 2016

Great beaches. Crowds were sparse even in early August.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Very beautiful hike! I did this with a 40lb pack to train for the Lost Coast Trail in California. I went a total of 6.3 miles in 3:34 minutes. The loose sand makes it quite hard to keep your footing. Trekking poles helped a lot!

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

hiking
Saturday, January 11, 2014

8 miles to Jeremy Point round trip, sandy trails

hiking
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beautiful summer hike

walking
Friday, May 10, 2013

Beautiful walk, lots of birds, great day.

hiking
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pines and BEAUTIFUL empty soft sand beach.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2011

The great island trails is a great place to go if you are in or plnning to travel to the Wellfleet area. It is a nice long, easy trail with minimal elevation. It is a great walk along the beack in most areas and there is a nice part of it towards the middle sections with some coniferous forests. The end of the trail is also a grea tplace to watch the sunset. There is also a side trail that leads to a historic former site of a 17th century whaling tavern for those interested in the local history. The only things you really need to be aware of is that you need to bring your own water as it will feel like a desert out there especially in summer and to wear enough sunscreen as well.

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