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Great Hike on the Cape!

This is 2-3 hour hike in the dunes in the woods and finally to the beach. Bring plenty of water/sun screen/bug spray and comfortable shoes. Its an excellent way to experience the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

This is 2-3 hour hike in the dunes in the woods and finally to the beach. Bring plenty of water/sun screen/bug spray and comfortable shoes. Its an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of Cape Cod!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My boyfriend and I hiked this in Spring 2014. Perhaps trail maintenance hadn't been performed yet for the year, but in several places the trail was obscured and signage was either missing or drifted over with sand. We ended up using a basic trail map and GPS on our phones to navigate. All that being said, it was a great... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The trail was lovely, but was missing signage in one key area, and tricky to navigate in spots due to walking through beach sand. We saw lots of birds and discovered where baby crabs come from. This is a beautiful wooded/salt marsh, so be sure to bring binoculars!

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Hockinson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This hike takes you from the forest to the bay to the beach and back. Bring water and snacks and enjoy. Make sure you check the tides so you don't have to hurry. The sand crabs were everywhere so you have to be very careful as you walk through thier habitat. Son't forget the sunscreen and maybe bug spray.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Park up at the top of the hill, and walk along the bay, or if you want, cut through to the beach. If you go along the bay, it cuts into the forest, then back out to the bay--this is a committed walk, 5 miles or so. Very beautiful, and gives a sense of the whole eco-system of the cape.... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is about 4 miles, but it is very picturesque. I like it on off season when the crowds are minimal. You should get a tide chart and plan your hike around the tides. High tide means wet feet. The other thing to remember is that if the beach side is at the end, then on a cloudy day it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Whether you're into exploring nature, hiking, kayaking, beach walking, sun bathing, fishing, photography, SUP or learning local history this place is a fantastic way to spend your time. Check the tides, bring your sunscreen, bring a stocked backpack & your choice of hydration. Relax and enjoy! Enough said...~♡~

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The trail is beautiful, well-maintained. There are three choices of distances for different abilities. The water comes on to the trail though, so you might want to wear waterproof sandals and roll up your pants!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We've done a number of great seaside hike in New England including many in Maine. Great Island Trail outside of Wellfleet, Massachusetts offers challenges of its own, but also unparalleled beauty. Yes, pay attention to high tide. We were there during high tide and had no problems, but it's easy to see that one could have issues during high winds... More 

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Wilton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It was great, it is a tough hike as a lot of it is on the beach sand. We enjoyed every minute of it though. A lot of reviewers before did recommend looking into the tides, which we didn't. I would suggest to do that, as we got caught in the high tide on the way back and had to... More 

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