Hiking on Cape Cod
Concierge.com's insider take:
Cape Cod has miles of hiking trails through woods, marshland, cranberry bogs, and seashore, varying by length and difficulty. The Cape Cod National Seashore is laced with 11 self-guided hiking trails. Our favorites are in the often overlooked Fort Hill section (Route 6 at the Orleans–Eastham line), where shaded paths ramble through a dwarfish forest of gnarled pitch pines and marshland, past the spots where French explorer Samuel de Champlain dropped anchor in 1605, the Mayflower Pilgrims first sighted land 15 years later, and merchantmen and pirates were shipwrecked. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History offers guided wetlands hikes through the bay-side conservation land it owns. The Wellfleet Audubon Sanctuary maintains five miles of trails through 1,100 acres of salt marsh, sandy beach, and pine woodland teeming with songbirds (291 State Highway Rte. 6, South Wellfleet, 508-349-2615, massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Wellfleet). And you can hike through nearly 50 acres of holly trees at the Ashumet Holly Audubon Sanctuary (Ashumet Rd., East Falmouth, massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Ashumet_Holly). The Cape Cod Trails Conference, a network of hikers, maintains a guide to hiking routes (cctrails.org), and the Cape Cod Commission has a longer list of everything from flat walks to challenging hikes, organized by town (capecodcommission.org/pathways/#directory).