AMC Discover Cape Cod: AMC's guide to the best hiking, biking, and Paddling

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934028179
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 700,873
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael O’ Connor is a writer and editor for the Trustees of Reservations. Previously, he was the outdoor and recreation writer at the Boston Herald for 20 years.

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Table of Contents

Hiking Cape Cod

Section opener

Upper Cape

1. 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 Cape

7.Yarmouth—Yarmouth Nature Trail.

8.Dennis—Indian Lands Conservation Area.

9. Brewster—Nickerson State Park.

10. Brewster—Punkhorn Lands.

 

Outer Cape

11. Chatham—Morris Island

12. Orleans—Nauset Beach

13. Eastham—National Seashore visitor center to Coast Guard Beach

14.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 walks

Section opener

1. Brewster

2. Chatham

3. Wellfleet

4. Provincetown

Biking Cape Cod

Section opener

Upper Cape

1. Bourne—Cape Cod Canal (South Side)

2. Sandwich—Shawme-Crowell State Park

3. Falmouth—Shining Sea rail trail to Woods Hole

4. Cotuit — Popponesset Beach, South Beach

 

Mid Cape

5.Hyannis

6. Dennis/Harwich—Cape Cod Rail Trail

7. Harwich-Cape Cod Rail Trail spur to Chatham

8. Brewster/Orleans—Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson State Park, Nauset Beach

 

Outer Cape

9. Orleans/Eastham—Cape Cod Rail Trail

10. Wellfleet—Oceanside Hollows

11. Truro—Old County Road

12. Truro— National Seashore

13. Provincetown—Herring Cove

Paddling Cape Cod

Section opener

Upper Cape
1. Falmouth/Mashpee —Waquoit Bay, Washburn Island
2. Barnstable—Barnstable Harbor, Scorton Creek

Mid Cape
3. Dennis—Swan Pond River

4. Harwich—West Reservoir, Herring River
5.Brewster—Nickerson State Park ponds (Cliff, Little Cliff, Flax)

Outher Cape
6. Chatham—Stage Harbor/Mill Pond
7. Chatham—Morris Island, Monomoy Islands
8. Orleans—Little Pleasant Bay
9. Eastham—Nauset Marsh
10. Wellfleet—Wellfleet Harbor, Great Island
11. Wellfleet— Freshwater ponds (Gull, Long, Great)
12. Truro—Pamet River
13. Provincetown—Provincetown Harbor, Long Point.

Essays

How The Cape Got Its Name

Whales

Endangered shorebirds

Stellwagen Bank

Striped Bass

Coyotes

Salt Marshes

Glacial activity

Waquoit Bay Estuarine Reserve

Nauset Beach and Cape erosion

Wampanoags

Pilgrim landing

Colonial settlement

Fishing and farming

Old Colony railroad

Cape Cod Canal

Backmatter

Appendix A

Bicycle/paddling shops and outfitters

Appendix B

Day ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

Appendix C

Conservation and Recreation Organizations

Appendix D

Recommended Reading

Index

About the AMC

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