A Beloved Trail Right at the Edge of Provincetown, MA
As you drive outward on the Cape, eventually reaching Provincetown, Highway 6 splits the land into two distinct regions. The downtown area, including the historic marina, the Pilgrim Monument, and the Provincetown Hotel, is all on the Cape Cod Bay side of the highway. Several iconic hiking trails are within walking distance, making it easy to escape into nature.
The Old Colony Nature Trail starts right at the edge of the commercial district, and it traces a railroad right-of-way through wetlands filled with lush New England foliage. As local history has it, the town once planned to pave the trail but ultimately decided to leave it in its more natural state. Start your day by strolling down to Commercial Street, grabbing a latte, and enjoying views of the calm bay waters as you make your way to the trailhead, which is less than a mile away.
A Hiker’s Paradise: The National Seashore Right at Your Doorstep
On the opposite side of Highway 6, the majestic and expansive Cape Cod National Seashore extends from Provincetown’s border to the Atlantic Ocean. Here, nature is pristine and preserved, with endless trails to explore. Head out on the Province Lands Bike Trail, which links to several other hiking paths that branch out through the wilderness area.
At the furthest end of the trail, you will arrive at the Race Point Dunes loop, where you can revel in the quiet beauty of the sloping seaside dunes. In addition to the soothing sounds of the Atlantic surf and the seabirds, you’ll come across several historical dune shacks, where writers and artists have resided and found inspiration for generations.
Can’t-Miss Hikes Across the Cape
Exploring further down the Cape, the Morris Island Trail is a favorite of locals and vacationers alike. Situated right at the “elbow” of the Cape, Chatham and Morris Island face directly southward, attracting certain shorebirds and making for a slightly different environment than further out on the peninsula.
The Monomoy Wilderness Preserve is nearby and is a gathering spot for wildlife, including rare bird species. Birders will be delighted, and it’s a flat trail suitable for all ages, making for a perfect adventure through the marshes and dunes that are an iconic part of the Cape’s landscape.
On your way to or from Provincetown, plan to stop by Bourne Farm, near Falmouth. Anchored by a historic farmhouse that dates back to 1775, the surrounding 49 acres make up a conservation area full of ponds, trails, and a dog-friendly and family-friendly place to spend an afternoon outside.
Book your stay today and plan your exploration of the Cape’s many trails!