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Great hike on the Cape

I've lived on the Cape for most of my life and just recently found out about this place. I went here on a chilly, but sunny Monday. I had the whole place to myself. I brought a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
chaqueeta
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Cape Cod, MA
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Cape Cod, MA
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60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

I've lived on the Cape for most of my life and just recently found out about this place. I went here on a chilly, but sunny Monday. I had the whole place to myself. I brought a backpack with some snacks and water. I read that to walk the farthest distance, I needed to go at low tide as part... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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109 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This is a wonderful place on the outer cape where you will find sweeping views of sand and sea, on the bayside. The hike is not for small children, and even a ten year old (or cranky adult) may find it taxing due simply to the long distances. Bring water and a sandwich, wear a hat, and you will enjoy... More 

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Thank Kathy H
Albany, New York
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

A lovely quiet trail past salt marsh leads to a bayside beach. Super spot and less crowded than other Cape Cod trails.

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Thank lupaglupa
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

If you came to the cape to be on the Cape, don't miss this walk. Parking is easy, its about 2 minutes from Wellfleet Center (by car), and is one of the few remaining patches of real Cape Cod. Got a backpack? Take a picnic and a swim

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Thank tenchmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Loved this hike. Took us about 2 1/2 hours including a half hour break on the beach boulders. We took the beach route back, firm footing with all the beach gravel.

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Thank Diane C
Connecticut
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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Great trails and views of Cape Cod Bay and Wellfleet Harbor. Great for families. Bring a hat and water shoes. High tide can cover the trail out to the "Island"

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Hartford, Connecticut
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The trip around Great Island is a journey into history and beauty. Read up on the history before going. Great place to pack a lunch and blanket and stop on the Island for lunch and a swim in summer.

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Thank VacationSRus860
boston, ma
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

who doesn't love the romance a mysterious colonial era tavern? the problem is that on a hot day your walking over mostly sandy terrain with actually limited beach access-one entrance to beach is at very beginning, then you can't access water for another 3-4 miles. hot, buggy, treacherous. i didn't love.

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Thank jvshaw
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Hike along sand dunes, marsh, and beach all with the Cape Cod Bay as a backdrop. Great views, lot's of nature (birds, seals, fox, turtles) to see along the way. A very relaxing hike.

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SouthDennis Ma.
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

About a 30-40 min. walk. Bring good foot ware as the trail goes from soft to hard. Also insect repellent is not a bad idea as ticks are a problem on Cape Cod.

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