7 of the Cape’s Best Hiking Spots

If you know anything about Cape Cod, you know it’s not like the Berkshires. Hikers come here for a completely different kind of scenery, and their Cape outings are certainly more horizontal than vertical.

Cape Cod, despite its lack of mountains or other harsh terrain, has an impressive range of hiking trails for all skill levels – many of them featuring views of the water that you just can’t get from Route 6.

So strap on your boots and get out and see the Cape from the inside.

Here we count down the seven best places to hike on the Cape:

Lowell Holly Reservation, Sandwich/Mashpee

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Hike Time: Two hours, more if you swim. If you’re sick of seeing scrub pines and other common Cape greenery, try out this Upper Cape destination. Lowell Holly features arboreal species of trees and a diversity of plants: the result of not having been tampered with by man for at least 200 years. Further into the trail, you’ll find a couple of ponds which each have a sandy knoll reaching up them. This is the type of place you make a day of – wear a bathing suit underneath your clothes and bring along a towel and take a refreshing dip on a hot day.

— By Adam Forziati


  1. Karen Cunningham says

    All these trails to hike, any of them dog friendly? Underleash for sure, but my lab loves to hike too.

    • Janet in Hyannis says

      I would google for the individual location to see if their website says anything about dogs. I, too, am interested in taking my dog hiking. Always on leash; always pick up after her!

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  3. elizabeth mazes says

    A shout-out to Beebe Woods in Falmouth. Wonderful paths and a kettle hole.

  4. We go to Four Ponds often. And we take our dog with us too. Great area and great hike if trails.

  5. All great places, but all are loaded with ticks. Keep your eyes open, after your hike. Search your clothes, skin. Lyme Disease is not a fun thing.

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