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“Unusual, adventurous and fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Provincetown Causeway

Provincetown Causeway
Province Lands Road and Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
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Ranked #12 of 27 attractions in Provincetown
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Franklin, Tennessee
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“Unusual, adventurous and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We just happened to stumble upon this. It is a really long trail through the ocean made of huge boulders smushed together! We walked for over and hour but didn't get all the way across. The boulders are not even or spaced evenly so in places, it was actually very difficult to cross from boulder to boulder and pretty scary. Unfortunately, I was wearing flip flops, which made it worse. If I went again, I would wear hiking boots or sneakers or something with excellent traction. There are sharks in the water but we didn't see any. We did see a couple of rats under the boulders which was terrifying, some birds, kayakers, a tall ship, parasailer and snails. If we had started earlier, we would have gone to the beach. Someone told us that if you cross the entire rock trail you end up on a grassy beach that you cross and then you can see seals and sharks and possibly whales. The views were gorgeous and the whole thing was so different than anything I have ever done. Later we read that you should check the tide before going because the water can actually come over the trail and leave you stranded! Yikes! If you have any kind of mobility issues, skip this. It is tricky in spots. I would not carry very much because even my big camera lens was cumbersome while trying to navigate these boulders and I was so scared that I would fall into the water. It was really fun though and you should put on your sneakers and do it!

Visited July 2014
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Park City, UT
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“Awesome Cape Cod Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This place is at the tip of P-Town. Parking is very challenging, but available. The causeway is super sturdy and well built with large boulders that are fit together for a solid hike (not that this was the intention for building it). Caution, though, it is uneven in places with varying gaps. People wear all kinds of flat shoes, and some even walk in bare feet (though I don't recommend bare feet because of broken shells dropped by birds). It's fine for small children if there's an adult holding their hand. There's room for people to pass by. For the very ambitious, pack a cooler and bag to carry to the other end and hang out at the beach. It's a little more than a mile across (my estimate). It's very cool to be in the middle of the bay and see the Pilgrim Monument from a new angle. I recommend this excursion for anyone who loves walking beaches or for teens who are antsy and want to "climb" along rocks. It's a unique place. There aren't many places in the world where one gets to "walk on water."

Visited July 2014
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“A Rocky walk to the far side”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

More challenging than I first thought. The causeway is made of large boulders that form a rough and uneven pathway from Provincetown across to the spit of land that hooks across the harbour. Wear strong shoes, not flip-flops or bare feet, take a sun hat too and sun-screen. You need to concentrate on were you are putting your feet. If you want to look around find a safe footing and stand still first. The walk takes approx an hour each way and one point dips down so you have to pick your way over wet rocks and lapping sea for about 2 or 3 yards.
Despite the above comments we had a marvelous walk, just go prepared and be safe

Visited June 2014
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“A major highlight of Ptown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The Causeway, or Breakwater as it is often called, is well worth checking out. As other say, it can get cold when you're out over the water, so wear protection. Also, the rocks and boulders are in natural state, jagged and sometimes hard to pass over. I highly recommend going early or late in the day, to view sunset/sunrise, and on cloudy days, the sky in this wide open area can be spectacular over water and fascinating "moors"

Visited May 2014
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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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“Great Hike Great View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is a great hike and a great way to get a panoramic view of Provincetown. First off, make sure you have good comfortable foot wear, something to drink and snacks. The breakwater is a bit deceiving from the rotary, it is more difficult then it appears. It is not nearly as even as it might appear. There are numerous place where the slabs are very uneven and agility is necessary.That all being said, it is well worth the effort. One way is easily done in 30-45 minutes, the entire length is about a mile and a quarter. As you go further out the view of town expands and you are offered an unusual perspective. In addition, you get to witness the aggressive tidal changes. The water in the harbor is often crystal clear due to the extreme tides which flush the harbor roughly twice a day. Also the views of Truro, the moors, the harbor and Long Point are an bonus. It is also a pretty good work out. For U.S. geography buffs finding state shapes from the granite slabs, and I don't mean Colorado or Wyoming, is another plus! The beach on the other side is secluded and a great place for lunch, sunning or a nap!

Visited May 2014
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