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“Birds, Birds, Birds”
Review of Beech Forest

Ranked #16 of 74 things to do in Provincetown
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Owner description: This reserve is a primary birdwatching region on Cape Cod.
Harwich, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Birds, Birds, Birds”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a lovley hiking trial on Race Point RD. The trail Head is a This is a great nature trail where birds love to be fed. I have been able to get some great photographs. The entire trial winds around a midsized pond surrounded by scrub pine and shrubs. The perfect way to start an early day.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Tetonted1995
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“A gorgeous trail through the dunes”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Treat yourself to a lovely bike ride away from the crowds downtown and to a glimpse of what the Cape used to look like many, many years ago.

Couple of words of warning: wear insect repellent as the mosquitoes can be bad depending on location and time of year. Greenheads (horse flies) in July can be annoying but only are in particular parts of the trail. Do no race your bikes or ride recklessly: there are several people who have to be medevac'd out every year for accidents involving lack of helmets and or/unsafe riding.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank nomadale
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Lynn, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Bugs. Lots and lots of bugs”
Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

This was a great little hike. I appreciate that the NPS has boardwalks in the swampy parts of the trails on the Cape. Don't do what I did. Or forgot as the case may be. This sandy trail winds around a lily pad covered swamp. This means bugs. Lot and lots of bugs. Put on some sting bug repellent. Extra deet for me please

Otherwise this was a great little hike. We had a three year old with us who rose on my shoulders for most of the time. Only one incline and that was on the extension. We saw a frog hopping around the trail at one point too which was exciting for the little one

1 Thank scubarich13
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Alexandria, VA
Level 6 Contributor
1,602 reviews
721 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 530 helpful votes
“An Enjoyable Trek”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

Nicely set trail through a grove of beech trees around a large pond near the Visitors Center. Set among the beeches are black and white oaks, red cedar and even a tupelo or two along with various shrubs -- bayberry, blueberry and inkberry. There is a short diversion on one side that opens up onto a dock on another pond with a leg that takes the high road above it. Takes about an hour if you follow the longer route. An interesting encounter at the entrance with a family of Canadian geese with somewhat fiesty goslings. This was right next to a sign about an experiment with alligator head decoys designed to scare the geese (who have become a menace) away. Either a set of parents who are courageous or have not encountered their new reptile neighbors.

Visited June 2014
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Montgomery, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“best trail in the cape so far”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

hiked all the trails from eastham all the way to race point and this one was my favorite. geese, large variety of bird species, turtles, fox, snakes, squirrels, and HEARD an otter (think it was an otter), but couldn't get a snapshot.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank mbamman
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