EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was updated July 2017.
There are a number of spots to enjoy walks on Cape Cod.
I can’t think of a single reason why the following locations wouldn’t make for a pleasant walk during any season, but they are especially beautiful on a warm spring day.
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4 Beautiful Walks On Cape Cod
In no particular order, here are my favorites.
1. Bearberry Hill
Location: Truro, Massachusetts
Tucked away in the sandy hills of Truro, Bearberry Hill is as beautiful to see as it is fun to say.
Bearberry Hill can be reached by walking the Pamet Area Trails in the Cape Cod National Seashore. On this walk, you can visit an old cranberry bog house, maintained to look as it did when it was actively used a century ago. Once you reach the top of the hill, take in the beautiful view of Ballston Beach.
Directions: 111 North Pamet Road. Take Truro Center/Pamet Roads exit off Route 6 in Truro. Proceed 1.5 miles on North Pamet Road to the end. The trail begins at the parking area adjacent to the Environmental Education Center, which is a hostel during the summer.
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2. Bass Hole Boardwalk
Location: Yarmouth, Massachusetts
This boardwalk has easily been on my all-time top 10 places on Cape Cod list for a long time. Make sure to bring a camera!
Gorgeous sunsets abound on Cape Cod Bay, and the Bass Hole Boardwalk puts you front and center to view them. Plan your walk at Bass Hole for just before sunset to catch the sun dip below the calm waters of the bay. As you walk to the end of the boardwalk, read all the planks personalized by local’s and dedicated to their loved ones.
Directions: The Gray’s Beach parking lot, located at 400 Center Street in Yarmouth Port, is the best place to park your car.
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3. Uncle Tim’s Bridge
Location: Wellfleet, Massachusetts
A walk over this narrow, wooden bridge leads to trails located on Uncle Tim’s Island in Wellfleet Bay. I’m not sure which was named first, the bridge or the island.
At low tide, you can see clam shells scattered along the roots of trees and fiddler crabs scurrying about the muddy marsh. Spring is my favorite time to take in the delightful view of blooming cherry trees along the short walk from Wellfleet’s quaint Main Street.
Directions: The best place to park your car is in the public lot behind Wellfleet Town Hall. Then cross the street to the Wellfleet Market Place and continue down Bank Street to a fork in the road on Commercial Street. Continue to East Commercial Street to the left. Uncle Tim’s Bridge will be across the street on your right-hand side.
4. Cape Cod Canal
Location: Bourne, Massachusetts
This is no meandering path weaving through beach grass or Atlantic White Cedar.
It’s a paved path, a service road in fact, that leads you to some of the most breathtaking sunsets you will ever see. Line things up just right and you can capture the sun setting over the water and through two of the bridges connecting Cape Cod to the mainland.
Sit on the edge of the canal and watch tiny tugboats and giant cruise ships pass by. Or chat with the fisherman pulling in their traps while you have a picnic lunch.
This path, unlike the other ones on this list, is also perfect for a 15-mile round trip bike ride and a great spot to walk your dog.
Directions: Service roads run parallel to the canal on both sides, and there are several recreation areas with access to the trail. My go-to area is the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area at the southern end of the canal. There’s a large parking lot behind the Krua Thai restaurant on Main Street in Buzzards Bay. From here, walk or bike north beneath the Bourne Bridge, and if you’re ambitious, on to the Sagamore Bridge.
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