Explore Nature’s Beauty
Cape Cod is the perfect destination for hiking enthusiasts, offering trails with pristine beaches, rolling hills, and a rugged coastline. The area surrounding our Provincetown bed and breakfast offers a wide range of trails that will take you through some of the most scenic spots on the East Coast.
Cape Cod Hiking Trails for All Ages
Beech Forest Trail: Located just outside of Provincetown on Race Point Road, this 1.5-mile trail takes about an hour. On this hike, you’ll meander through the Beech Forest and up to an observation tower with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, you’ll see a variety of trees and plants, including beech trees, holly, and wildflowers. Spring and Fall are prime bird-watching times, and the trail circles around two ponds, Blackwater Pond and Beech Forest Pond. Expect to encounter mosquitoes during the warmer months, so pack some bug spray before you get to the trail.
Race Point Dunes Trail: This 5.25-mile round-trip trail starts at Race Point Beach and takes you along the shoreline and through dunes. Drive down Race Point Road to the parking lot, where you’ll find plenty of parking and access to the beach and trail. If you plan on driving on the beach, you’ll need a permit and all the appropriate equipment beforehand. The dunes trail offers stunning ocean views and is an excellent spot for birdwatching, swimming, and picnics in the sun.
Hatches Harbor Trail: Located on Race Point Road on the other side of a wildlife area, this 3.3-mile out-and-back Cape Cod hiking trail is generally considered an easy route and takes an average of an hour to complete. This is a popular trail for birding, hiking, and walking, but you can still enjoy solitude during quieter times. You might see the Race Point Lighthouse at the end of the trail.
Pilgrim Spring Trail: Turn right off Route 6, 1.2 miles past the brown Head of the Meadow Beach sign on the right, at the Pilgrim Heights area sign. The walk begins at the covered shelter. This 2.3-mile loop trail starts at Pilgrim Heights and takes you through a pine forest and up to a hill with panoramic views of the town and harbor. The trail is relatively easy and is suitable for all skill levels.
Great Island Trail: Located in Wellfleet, just a short drive from Provincetown, this round-trip Cape Cod hiking trail varies in distance from 3.9-8.8 miles and takes you through forests, marshes, and dunes. To get there, drive down Route 6, and follow green signs to Wellfleet Center; turn left onto East Commercial Street (follow signs to Wellfleet Harbor); continue along the shoreline via Chequessett Neck Road to the Great Island parking area. The trail ends at Great Beach, where you can swim in the ocean on a warm day.