Located in Massachusetts, the hiking in Cape Cod is known for five fun and beautiful hiking routes. The best Cape Cod hiking based on popularity are considered to be Great Island Trail, Cape Cod Trail, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, West Barnstable Conservation Area, and Nickerson State Park. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Cape Cod hiking trail below.
West of Wellfleet, the Great Island Trail is a 6.8 mile round trip hike through dunes, salt marshes and pine forests over to Great Island. There are two side hikes: a 1.4 mile hike to the old Tavern site, and a 2 mile out-and-back to Jeremy Point, which is submerged at high tide.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a 27 mile hiking route from SR134 in Dennis to Le Count Hollow Road in Wellfleet. The hiking route passes by salt marshes, cranberry bogs and ponds. It connects with multi-purpose paths into Nickerson State Park and Cape Cod National Seashore.
North of Eastham and southwest of Wellfleet, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has a trail system totaling 5 miles through pine forest and salt marshes. The three larger loops worth trying are the Try Island Trail, Bay View Trail and the Goose Pond Trail.
West of Barnstable and northwest of Hyannis on Cape Cod, the Trail Of Tears is a 16 mile hiking trail network through the woodlands of the 1,100 acre West Barnstable Conservation Area. The forest is a mixture of pine and oak, along with small amounts of fir and other tree species. This network follows the Barnstable powerlines down to the Sandwich border at Chase Road.
East of Brewster and west of Orleans, the 1,900 acre Nickerson State Park has a variety of hiking trails. There is the 1 mile loop around Flax Pond, the 1 mile loop around Little Cliff Pond, the 3 mile loop around Cliff Pond and also access to the Namskaket Sea Path along Cape Cod Bay.