Walking the Cape and Islands: A Comprehensive Guide to the Walking and Hiking Trails of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket

Walking the Cape and Islands: A Comprehensive Guide to the Walking and Hiking Trails of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket

by David Weintraub
     
 

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The Cape and Islands—Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket—provide some of the best walking and hiking in coastal New England. There is a great variety of terrain and scenery, from the crashing Atlantic Ocean to pristine kettle ponds, from densely wooded tracts to open expanses of salt marsh, and from sandy shorelines to wildflower-carpeted

Overview

The Cape and Islands—Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket—provide some of the best walking and hiking in coastal New England. There is a great variety of terrain and scenery, from the crashing Atlantic Ocean to pristine kettle ponds, from densely wooded tracts to open expanses of salt marsh, and from sandy shorelines to wildflower-carpeted grasslands. Walking the Cape and Islands is the first comprehensive guide to the area’s best walking and hiking trails. In includes: 72 walks ranging in length from 0.4 miles to 11.2 miles and in difficulty from easy to difficult; for each walk, a complete route description, driving directions to the trailhead, and a detailed, easy-to-read map; at-a-glance Info providing essential information such as distance, difficulty, time to walk, trail surface, and more; trail-use data showing whether bicycles, dogs, or hunting are allowed on the described route; and health stats showing the number of steps and estimated calories burned. Although designed primarily for walkers and hikers, this book will also appeal to joggers and mountain bicyclists. The book is illustrated with photographs by the author, a professional photographer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897326032
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
818,069
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Red Maple Swamp and Fort Hill Walk
Gaining a boardwalk, follow a curvy course through the swamp with rest benches along the way. At a T-junction, turn left and continue to follow the boardwalk as it zigs, zags, and wanders across the kettle hole's bottom. On a hazy summer day, the light filtering through the maple leaves casts a magical, golden hue. Like the Cape's many ponds, this kettle hole was formed by a chunk of ice left behind by a glacier. Once steep-walled, erosion has lessened the angle of the surrounding hillsides.
Some of the old maples here have elaborately twisted trunks, making them perfect subjects for photographs. In places, the forest canopy thins, and the added sunlight stimulates a riot of vegetation, which forms impenetrable thickets just beside the boardwalk. Where the boardwalk forks left to Hemenway Road, go straight on a path that soon climbs via log steps to a paved path. Turn right, passing restrooms (seasonal) on your left, and climb to an overlook of Nauset Marsh, left. There are rest benches here, and the view extends across the marsh to the Atlantic Ocean. An old Coast Guard station, now an environmental education center, stands on a bluff to the northeast.

Meet the Author

David Weintraub is a writer, editor, and photographer based in South Carolina and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A former long-time resident of San Francisco, he has authored six guidebooks to the hiking trails of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Monterey/Santa Cruz area. He has also written a guide to kayaking on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, which is in its second edition. His photography career includes photojournalism for daily newspapers, corporate and magazine assignments, and nature photography.

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