Hiking at Fort Hill in Eastham, Cape Cod
Hiking or walking: it’s healthy, it’s free, and it provides a unique opportunity
to witness the quintessential natural beauty of the Cape and Islands rarely seen.
With a minimum of effort and the help of the resources provided below, you can find
a nature trail near where you’re staying – enabling you to discover exquisite scenery
far from the madding crowds. Although most of the terrain is relatively flat, there
are some hilly regions on the Cape and the Vineyard as well, offering as much or
as little challenge as desired. The Cape alone offers over 100 trails, and most
can be easily accessed by car or even public transportation.
Some things to keep in mind:
Bike paths in the Fall
Timing: While it’s best during the summer to head out early in the morning
or around sunset when it’s cooler and less busy, remember how early it gets dark
and cool in the fall. And consider avoiding woodlands and wetlands at dawn and dusk
when mosquitoes are most active.
What to bring along: Dress appropriately to avoid ticks and mosquitoes. Bring
sunscreen, a hat, some fresh water and perhaps a book about birding or flora and
fauna on the Cape and Islands.
Here are some links to helpful information about hiking trails on the Cape, Martha’s
Vineyard and Nantucket:
Keep in mind that the
Cape & Islands biking trails also make for excellent walking.