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Known for its spectacular coastline and more than 100 miles of bike trails, Cape Cod in Massachusetts is an ideal destination for an activity-packed outdoor vacation. This new book from the Appalachian Mountain Club describes the 50 best hiking, biking, and paddling trips in this beautiful coastal area, including many excursions within the Cape Cod National Seashore. From a short hike around Falmouth?s Long Pond and a scenic bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail to a walk through Provincetown and a paddling tour ...
Known for its spectacular coastline and more than 100 miles of bike trails, Cape Cod in Massachusetts is an ideal destination for an activity-packed outdoor vacation. This new book from the Appalachian Mountain Club describes the 50 best hiking, biking, and paddling trips in this beautiful coastal area, including many excursions within the Cape Cod National Seashore. From a short hike around Falmouth’s Long Pond and a scenic bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail to a walk through Provincetown and a paddling tour of Wellfleet's freshwater pods, this guide leads you to the most unforgettable spots on the Cape. Nature notes and historical essays give visitors a more detailed picture of the area. For short, one-hour excursions, day-long adventures, or weekend afternoons, this guidebook provides the best outdoor experiences for vacationers and residents alike.
Hiking Cape CodSection opener Upper Cape1. Sandwich—Shawme Crowell State Park. 2. Mashpee/Sandwich—Lowell Holly Reservation. 3. Sandwich—Murkwood. 4. Sandwich/Barnstable—Sandy Neck. 5. Falmouth—Long Pond and Goodwill Park. 6. Falmouth—Beebe Woods and Petersen Farms. Mid Cape7.Yarmouth—Yarmouth Nature Trail. 8.Dennis—Indian Lands Conservation Area. 9. Brewster—Nickerson State Park. 10. Brewster—Punkhorn Lands. Outer Cape11. Chatham—Morris Island12. Orleans—Nauset Beach 13. Eastham—National Seashore visitor center to Coast Guard Beach14.Wellfleet—Atwood-Higgins house 15.Wellfleet—Great Island. 16.Wellfleet—headquarters of the Cape Cod National Seashore.17.Truro—Pilgrim Heights. 18.Truro—North Pamet Road. 19. Provincetown—The Province Lands area 20. Provincetown—Herring Cove to Wood End Light. Town walksSection opener 1. Brewster 2. Chatham3. Wellfleet4. Provincetown Biking Cape CodSection opener Upper Cape1. Bourne—Cape Cod Canal (South Side)2. Sandwich—Shawme-Crowell State Park3. Falmouth—Shining Sea rail trail to Woods Hole4. Cotuit — Popponesset Beach, South Beach Mid Cape5.Hyannis 6. Dennis/Harwich—Cape Cod Rail Trail7. Harwich-Cape Cod Rail Trail spur to Chatham8. Brewster/Orleans—Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson State Park, Nauset Beach Outer Cape9. Orleans/Eastham—Cape Cod Rail Trail10. Wellfleet—Oceanside Hollows11. Truro—Old County Road12. Truro— National Seashore13. Provincetown—Herring Cove Paddling Cape CodSection opener Upper Cape1. Falmouth/Mashpee —Waquoit Bay, Washburn Island2. Barnstable—Barnstable Harbor, Scorton CreekMid Cape3. Dennis—Swan Pond River4. Harwich—West Reservoir, Herring River 5.Brewster—Nickerson State Park ponds (Cliff, Little Cliff, Flax)Outher Cape6. Chatham—Stage Harbor/Mill Pond7. Chatham—Morris Island, Monomoy Islands8. Orleans—Little Pleasant Bay9. Eastham—Nauset Marsh10. Wellfleet—Wellfleet Harbor, Great Island11. Wellfleet— Freshwater ponds (Gull, Long, Great)12. Truro—Pamet River13. Provincetown—Provincetown Harbor, Long Point. Essays How The Cape Got Its NameWhales Endangered shorebirdsStellwagen BankStriped BassCoyotesSalt MarshesGlacial activityWaquoit Bay Estuarine ReserveNauset Beach and Cape erosionWampanoagsPilgrim landingColonial settlementFishing and farmingOld Colony railroadCape Cod Canal Backmatter Appendix ABicycle/paddling shops and outfitters Appendix BDay ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Appendix CConservation and Recreation Organizations Appendix DRecommended Reading Index About the AMC