|Beech Forest Trail Cape Cod Trails
From the Salt Pond Visitors center you can walk or bike ride across the highway to The “Cape Cod Rail Trail”, a former railroad bed that is now a paved bicycle path one is wheel chair and baby carriage accessible. This trail connects with others to offer over fifty miles of off-road bicycle and walking trails.
From the end of the Rail Trail at Lecount Hollow, a short drive towards Provincetown will bring you to the to the Provincelands dunes trail system with paved paths through the dunes and along the beach at the very tip of Cape Cod.
You can walk the same trails that Henry David Thoreau visited on the Cape in 1849, when he wrote detailed descriptions of the dunes and the beach on the ocean side at Coast Guard Beach. The area is now a preserve, The Cape Cod National Sea Shore. The dunes have not changed a great deal since Thoreau's visit. To this day, a barren starkness prevails on the high Nauset dunes, just as Thoreau described it in his journal, Cape Cod. (Click Here for Text, Cape Cod) The relentless sea continues to reclaim the Nauset-side cliffs and dunes along the Coast Guard Beach side as it has since Thoreau’s time. The breach that he walked, over twenty-five miles of unobstructed beach from Eastham to far distant Provincetown’s Race Point, still exist, protected from development as the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Beach Forest trail area, Nauset Light near Coast Guard Beach. a few miles on Route 6 to access road
Beach Forest trail area, Highland Light
While walking on the Provincelands Dunes Trail, a paved walking and biking trail on Outer Cape Cod that starts at Herring Cove Beach, you can climb a high dune and at times get a view of whales spouting. Parking at the east side of the Herring Cove Beach lot puts you at the head of the trail.
Beech Forest Trail, Cape Cod Walking Trails
Herring Cove Beach,
The Provinceland trail starts at Herring Cove beach and connects to the Beech Forest trail
Nauset Beach, Orleans
Cape Cod Nature Trails For walking, No Dogs No Bikes
Bike and Walking Trails On Outer Cape Cod, Dogs , Baby Carriages, Wheel Chair Accessible
Walking Cape Cod's Dunes and Marshes
Cape Cod Walking Trails, Beach Forest Trail
Nauset Marsh trail
A good base to walk and bike from is the Salt Pond Visitors Center where there is ample free parking. The Nauset Marsh Trail and the Nauset Trail start at the visitors center.
A one and a half mile walk or bike ride through woods and marsh will bring you to Coast Guard Beach.
Once at Coast Guard Beach, you can walk the trails or beach to visit the location of Henry Beston’s, The Outermost House, now just an isolated stretch of beach after a storm in 1978 took the house.
The Salt Pond Visitors Center offers walking trails around the pond and into Nauset marsh
Not far from the Beech Forest Trail, a walking trail starts at the edge of Salt Pond at the rear of the Visitors Center and runs for a mile through woods and marsh
First Encounter Beach in Eastham
The view from Coast Guard Beach. You can walk the mile and a half out on the Dunes where Henry Beston had his two-room house while he wrote "The Outermost House"
Rock Harbor Orleans, on the bike trail
Near the Beech Forest Trail area there are many activities such as kayaking, canoing, biking and walking that start at the Salt Pond Visitors Center.
In Brewster on Route 6 A stands the Old Higgins Farm Windmill within the Drummer Boy Park , an parking. Check their antique flea markets.
The Eastham windmill , built in 1680 by Thomas Paine is the oldest on the Cape and is not far from the rail trail in Eastham, within a two mile Salt Pond Visitors Center walk or bike ride from the
Next door find a lobster restaurant with ice cream just across from the Salt Pond Visitors Center right on the Rail trail
Sunset at Rock Harbor in Orleans, one of the stops on the Rail Trail
The Nauset trail, a three mile round trip walking or bike trail from the Salt Pond Visitors Center to Coast Guard Beach
Cape cod trails lead to lobster dining. Pick out your own lobster at the Shanty near the trail at the Salt Pond Visitors center.
Walking trails skirt the bay at Coast Guard Beach
Cape Cod Rail Trail offers paved, off-road biking
Getting to Cape Cod: Boston is the nearest large city to Cape Cod.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston, take Route 93 to Route 3 and after 60 miles, cross the Cape Cod Canal. Continue on Route 6 for all locations on Cape Cod or go to Route 6A for the slower scenic route through the villages. Routes 6 and 6A join in Orleans and go to the tip of Cape Cod.
Several small commuter airlines serve Hyannis Airport and Provincetown Airport on Cape Cod from Boston, Providence, and New Bedford. Cape Air, US Airways Express, and Linear Air (Hanscom Field Bedford Ma)
Bus service is available from Boston and from Logan Airport. Plymouth and Brockton, Logan Direct serves Hyannis
Bonanza Bus Lines serves Bourne, Falmouth, and the Wood's Hole ferry from Logan Airport
Passenger Boats leave daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September) at Provincetown. Bicycles can go aboard.
A fast cat boat and a slower conventional passenger boat make trips from Boston. Bicycles permitted
A passenger boat makes a daily run from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown.
The Beech Forest Trail, Cape Cod is a one and a quarter mile walking trail through scrub pine forest on the edge of Blackwater Pond. Reach the parking lot from route 6 at Race Point Road in Provincetown MA., Cape Cod.
Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail: One and a half mile walking Trail in Wellfleet reached from the parking lot of the former Marconi Wireless site. The trail has elevated boardwalk through the cedar swamp.
Great Island Trail: Walking Trail to Great Island in Wellfleet
Kettle Pond Trail: Walking Trail among kettle ponds in Wellfleet
Beach Forest Trail
Beach Forest Trail is a mile and a quarter walking trail at the parking lot near Blackwater Pond, on Race Point Road, half way between Provincetown Center and the Airport . Google Map