Hiking

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Nauset Marsh Trail

Nauset Marsh Trail is a half-mile loop that skirts Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and returns through transitional forest and fields. The area is well suited for studies of salt marsh ecosystems and upland succession. It also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

The Lady Slipper Trail

The Lady Slipper Trail in the Wiley Park Conservation Area is a walking trail through the woods on Great Pond and Bridge Pond. There is also a beach at Wiley Park with parking and restroom facilities.

Red Maple Swamp Trail

Red Maple Swamp Trail with its serpentine boardwalk gives yet another dimension to Cape Cod that is totally unexpected compared to the Outer Cape’s general landscape. This quarter mile walk is most colorful in the fall. A portion of this trail is wheelchair accessible via Hemenway Landing.

Fort Hill Trail

Fort Hill Trail is a one and one-half mile trail with some log steps on slopes. This walking trail offers spectacular view of Nauset Marsh, the Nauset Spit and the Atlantic Ocean. Bring your binoculars for some wonderful birding opportunities.

South Eastham Conservation Area – SECA

This area is home to a rich variety of habitats surrounding three small ponds, boasting some unusual tree species. Park on the trailhead on Peach Orchard Lane. Abutting the SECA is Upper Boat Meadow, which has magnificent walking trails and woodlands. Parking and access are available at the trailhead on Smith Lane as well as the bike path on Rock Harbor Road.

The Nickerson Property

25 acres of Conservation land that has walking trails along Bridge Pond, Great Pond, as well as Widow Harding Pond. This is where Eastham’s Herring Run flows into Bridge Pond and on to Great Pond. It is located on Herringbrook Road, with parking at the Cole Road Herring Run.

Cottontail Acres

Cottontail Acres is more of Eastham’s conservation land with hiking trails trough the meadows peppered with wildflowers along Herring and Jemina Ponds. Enter at Samoset Road.

Cedar Banks Trail

Cedar Banks Trail is a one and one-half mile hiking path that connects to the Nauset Marsh Trail and continues on to Coast Guard Beach.

Buttonbush Trail

Buttonbush Trail is a short quarter mile multi-sensory loop designed for the blind with a rope guide, and interpretive text panels in Braille and large lettering.

There are several guides to the hiking trails in Eastham, see the following links:  Eastham Hiking Trails, Maps from Cranberry Cottages, and information on the Eastham Hiking Club. A guide to the trails in the National Seashore can be accessed via this link.

The Massachusetts Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary

The Massachusetts Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary in Eastham and Wellfleet has five very unique walking trails, all starting at their Nature Center and cross through forests, meadows, and marshes, including a boardwalk out to Cape Cod Bay.

Scenic Overlooks

Scenic Overlooks can be found at several points, but can best be enjoyed from Fort Hill, Salt Pond Visitor Center, Skiff Hill Pavilion, and Nauset Light Beach.