Best Hikes on Cape Cod

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Think of Cape Cod, and you'll likely think of dreamy summer vacations, long stretches of white sandy beaches, iconic lighthouses, and some of the best seafood on the East Coast. Whilst these all ring true, Cape Cod has so much more to offer visitors - A rich and interesting history dating back to the 17th-century, sprawling golf courses, fascinating museums, the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, and a selection of world-class wineries to explore. There is a myriad of great things to do in Cape Cod. While there is still uncertainty around travel and associated businesses, safety has never been more important when you travel. If you decide to travel at this time, no matter what activities you choose to enjoy in Cape Cod, please ensure you are appropriately prepared and travel responsibly. It is the striking natural beauty that makes Cape Cod equally alluring, attracting nature and outdoor enthusiasts from all over. Cape Cod stands out as a premier hiking destination in the US for the diversity of trails and protected natural areas. There are plenty of opportunities to discover the region's diversity and natural beauty through the various Cape Cod walking trails and hikes on offer. Where to Stay in Cape Cod.Cape Cod has 15 towns offering a vast array of accommodation options - country inns, quaint motels, comfortable B and Bs, and a wide range of self-contained vacation rentals. Each town offers a unique vacation spot depending on your interest, but all have a love for the sea in common. If it is nature and hiking you favor in Cape Cod, you may consider staying between Provincetown and Eastham. Here you are in the area of the National Seashore, Fort Hill, and Red Maple Swamp Trails, conservation areas, and wildlife sanctuaries. In the center of this area, offers a charming town vibe in addition to being well-positioned for walking and hiking.Brewster, on the other hand, offers access to some great walks and hikes, especially in Nickerson State Park. No matter where you choose to stay, driving or even cycling distances between towns is not that great, so it is easy to explore different Cape areas. These are just a few of literally hundreds of hiking and walking trails on Cape Cod. This selection ranges from moderate half day hikes to easy strolls so there is something for every outdoor enthusiast no matter your fitness level.Great Island Trail in Wellfleet is considered one of the best hiking trails Cape Cod has to offer. Forming part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the 8.8-mile roundtrip loop hike to Jeremy Point passes along dunes, hidden beaches, marshes, and through pine forests that offer up incredible views out over the Cape Cod Bay. Most of the hike will be in direct sunlight, so sunscreen and lots of water are essential. It’s also good to note that sections of Jeremy Point are only accessible at low-tide, so make sure to check local tide times beforehand. Allow between 3 – 5 hours to complete this trail. The Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail is perhaps the most unique hike you’ll find. Descending through an oak and pine forest, through woodlands you’ll stumble upon a boardwalk that meanders along the striking Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.On the return leg, you’ll walk back via the sandy ‘Wireless Road.’ The historic Marconi Wireless Station is where the first-ever transatlantic wireless communication took place between the US and Europe in 1903. Another fabulous hiking trail system in Cape Cod is the 5-mile network of trails at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary that winds and meaders through Wellfleet Harbor. A popular choice is to head out along Bay View Trail – the trail travels along a seawater inlet, through oak & pine forests, looping back via the Goose Pond Trail. Goose Pond Trail boasts a diverse set of habitats as you walk along the salt marsh and bypass several ponds. An especially appealing trail for bird watchers. You can also cross the salt marsh, heading to the beach by The Boardwalk, or explore the sanctuary’s natural delights via the Silver Springs Trail, the Try Island Trail, or the All Parsons Pathway and Sensory Trail for a unique audio and sensory experience. The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a great day out for families. The award-winning Esther Underwood Johnson Nature Center, with its various ecological displays, beautiful wildlife garden, and gift shop, is also well worth visiting.