Moraine Trail in Falmouth Offers Unique Cape Cod Experience

Courtesy of the Buzzards Bay Coalition

FALMOUTH – Cape Cod is known for its beaches and not hilly, thick forests, but the town of Falmouth is home to one of the longest and most interesting hikes of the Buzzards Bay region.

The full Moraine Trail is 9 miles long and is broken up into three sections.

Moraines are geological formations that were left behind by glaciers during the last Ice Age between 18,000 and 15,000 years ago.

The north-south trail exposes the Cape’s glacial history as travelers can climb peaks with views of Buzzards Bay and explore valleys with bogs and vernal pools.

The southern section of the trail is 4.5 miles and stretches from Goodwill Park to Brick Kiln Road. This section has the most foot traffic as the trails are relatively wide and is a good place to start for beginners.

The Central section is 2.2 miles and runs through the Collins Woodlot and Kettle Holes Conservation Area. The stretch from Brick Kiln Road to Thomas Landers Road takes hikers through varied woodlands with glacial depressions and jumbled rocks.

The Northern portion is 2.9 miles from Thomas Landers Road to Route 151. This section most closely follows the path of the moraine and offers steep inclines that challenge hikers of all levels.

A detailed trail map is available at the 300 Committees office on Locust Street in Falmouth.

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