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Dune Shacks Trail

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Dune Shacks Trail

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Snail Road Route 6, Provincetown, MA 02657
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Ultimate Self-Driving Tour of Cape Cod and Provincetown

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Explore all that Cape Cod has to offer with this self-guided driving tour, from quintessential lighthouses to sandy beaches! As you drive, discover the Cape’s seafaring traditions, Pilgrim history, and miles of beautiful beaches. From Barnstable to Provincetown, visit Nauset Lighthouse (the unofficial Cape icon), First Encounter Beach (which the Pilgrims explored), Marconi Station (a must-do), and more! <br><br>This self-guided tour is a flexible and affordable way to see all of the scenic Cape Cod!<br><br>Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together!<br><br>Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a password and an app. Download the app, enter password &amp; download the tour. When you arrive, go to the Cape Cod Visitor Center, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience.<br><br>This is not an entrance ticket. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.
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Chitistone wrote a review Jan 2021
Newton, Massachusetts17 contributions3 helpful votes
Walked here early one January morning during the pandemic. The place is vast, pristine, and secluded. I had it entirely to myself the whole three or so hours I was there taking photos and videos. There were maybe one or two sets of tracks of people with dogs. Lots of color, even in January. Lots of gulls, cormorants and terns. Other reviews say much, but here are a few things to keep in mind. Parking at the trailhead on Rt. 6 is limited to three spots. Folks park along 6, but I'm not sure this is allowed. You can park on the South side of 6, but if you do be VERY CAREFUL crossing! Not really a very long walk in terms of miles, but walking in sand is *very* slow. Bring what you'd bring on a hike twice as long on normal trail. As with most beach walks, low tide is better.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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elsamaria0218 wrote a review Aug 2020
New York City, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
An amazing trek that transports you to the desert for just a bit, even providing you with an oasis at the end! It's physically challenging*, especially if it's hot, so best to go early in the morning. We found it easier to walk without shoes, but the sand did get quite hot so we were glad we carried them and were able to slip them back on as needed. If you have kids that might get tired and need to be carried in your arms, this is probably not the best outing for them. There is minimal shade, so cover yourself in sunscreen/light clothing/good sun hat and pack extra water, bug spray (we didn't need it but I see other visitors have) and something to sit on that is easy to stick in your backpack. You'll want to pack light, but we wished we'd taken a beach umbrella because the sun was intense and it would have been great to enjoy the beach a bit longer. Even if you don't normally swim, you'll want to get in the water so wear a suit. There are no restrooms. *for perspective, I'm 55 and pretty fit
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Date of experience: August 2020
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LoveToTravelBoston wrote a review Jul 2020
Boston, Massachusetts554 contributions192 helpful votes
We walked the trail from Rt 6 to the ocean hoping for a remote beach. After the first sand hill, we drifted off to the right. That made the trail longer, but with fewer hills. Still, the hike was hot on the sand, and we drank plenty of water. When we arrived at the top of the dune overlooking the ocean, we loved the view, but we were swarmed by little biting flies. They were also on the beach! The swimming and the view were still fabulous, but we retreated from the flies and walked back early. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Tracy F wrote a review Jun 2020
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This was a very pleasant experience. We took our shoes off and just went at it. It was a very nice comfortable walk. When we made it to the ocean we saw a bunch of seals. It was a great hike. I recommend you try it.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Karen E wrote a review Jan 2020
East Sandwich, Massachusetts151 contributions100 helpful votes
Wow, wow, wow, is all I can say. We must have passed by the entrance to the trail dozens and dozens of times and wondered what it was-but we were always on our way to the Provincelands bike trail and kept motoring on. On the advice of a friend we started the New Year off with a trip to the trails and so happy we did. Firstly, if you hike during the winter months make sure you are dressed. It was a bit chilly and our hats and gloves came in handy-in fact- it would have bee quite miserable had we not been adequately prepared. Secondly, stay on the marked trails (marked being the footsteps)- and lastly, take in the beautiful landscape. It is a hilly sandy hike up some dunes so you will get a bit of cardio-but the sites are the many attraction here-the rolling seascape is just so tranquil. We only saw one other person on the trail, but I know summer brings many more people so off season is the way to experience it. We passed several shacks and just the sheer history behind them is uplifting. How I wish I could stay in one for a week-the solitude would be magical. Up and back with a brief walk along the beach took just over an hour and 15 minutes or so-next time we'll add on a few more trails. If you do go in summer be prepared for the heat and carry water-I imagine it can get very hot in the dunes and there is no water available. Plenty of sunscreen, too.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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