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Hidden Trails of Cape Cod

Hidden Trails of Cape Cod
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Snail Road
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Snail Road

The trails shown here aren’t included in Cape Cod National Seashore literature, but it’s perfectly permissible to walk them, and they all have legal parking areas.

When my husband worked for the trails division, he told me about the special places there that the public just isn’t aware of. I was surprised at the solitude I was able to find. I was feeling very Thoreau-esque … it was that quiet.

After living on Cape Cod year-round for 22 years, I’ve become a bit jaded. A beach, I thought, is just a beach. I stand corrected: The trails I’ve hiked in the past few days have led to the most exceptional beaches I’ve ever seen on the Cape.

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Monday, June 30th, 2014

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2 Responses to Hidden Trails of Cape Cod

  1. Natale A. Lee March 17, 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    Being a property owner within the National Seashore boundries, I am quite familiar with many lower cape walking trails. My husband also worked for the National Park for a few summers and we have enjoyed walking many little-used trails and old footpaths. We still walk and canoe in new areas. We haven’t walked the Bound Brook trail from the Atwood Higgins House, but that will be on our list. The Native American name for Bound Brook is Sapokonish, as written in a book about Wellfleet which can be found in the Wellfleet Library.

  2. Eileen Mullen June 12, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    This article has prompted a trip to Cape Cod in late June. I am looking forward to finding at least one of these trails. Thank you.

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