From the Salt Pond Visitors Center, (Free Parking) 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.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a largely off-road trail that travels for over 25 miles through Brewster's Nickerson State Park and then through Orleans’s Rock Harbor and on to Eastham and The Cape Cod National Sea Shore’s Salt Pond Visitors Center.
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 writer and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau visited on the Cape in 1849, when he wrote detailed descriptions of the dunes and the peach on the ocean side at coast guard beach. The area is now a preserve, The Cape Cod National Sea Shore and has 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 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 National Seashore.
Coast Guard Beach
Whales feed off shore at the tip of Cape Cod. While walking on the Provincelands Dunes Trail, a paved walking and biking trail on Lower or Outer Cape Cod that starts at Herring Cove Beach, you can climb a high dune and at times get a view of their spouting. Parking at the east side of the Herring Cove Beach lot puts you at the head of the trail.
Cape Cod Walking Trails and Bike Trails
Herring Cove Beach,
The Provinceland Dunes trail starts at Herring Cove
Herring Cove Beach
Ice cream stop Cape Cod Bike Trail,l Brewster
Nauset Beach, Orleans
Johnathan Young Windmill, Orleans
Cape Cod Nature Trails For Hiking and Biking Wheel Chair and baby Carriage access
Bike and Walking Trails On Outer Cape Cod
Mid and Lower Cape Cod Walking Trails and Bicycle Trails Walk or Bike on Paved Trails to the Beaches of Cape Cod
Walking Cape Cod's Dunes and Marshes
Another good base to walk and bike from is the Salt Pond Visitors Center on the main road Rt 6 where there is ample free parking. This will put you within a one and a half mile walk or bike ride through woods and marsh 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 other walking trails
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 Rail Trail
Many activities such as kayaking, canoing, biking and walking 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 area with ample free 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 walk or bike ride from the Salt Pond Visitors Center
Bike rental are available just across the street from the Salt Pond Visitors Center
Next door to the bike rental 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 bike trail called 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
Pick out your own lobster at the Shanty
Fort Hill Bay Views. Drive to the lot overlooking the marshes and walking trails
Captain Penneman House
Herring Cove Beach
Cape Cod Walking Trails and Bike Trails are rail trails that make biking Cape Cod safe and fun for families. The trails are through dunes and pine forest on old rail beds that are flat and off-road.
Cape Cod Walking Trails and Bike Trails are through woods and dune.
Cape Cod Walking Trails near the Salt Pond Visitors Center are through woods and dune.
Cape Cod Walking Trails and Bike Trails to Coast Guard Beach go through pine woods from the Salt Pond Visitors Center
Cape Cod Lodging
Cape Cod Sightseeing
Cape Cod Beaches
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Cape Cod Hotels
Cape Cod Biking
Cape Cod Walking trails include Heritage Plantation trails through the gardens