Cape Cod has woods and beach places to walk

walking on Cape Cod credit-Paul Scharff
Cape Cod National Seashore

Salt Pond Visitor Center at Nauset Road and Route 6 Eastham, MA, 02642 Phone: 508-255-3421

Lots of walking paths in Cape Cod National Seashore

Visitors to the Cape Cod National Seashore may walk on the many hiking trails in the park, and also may walk on the bike trails.
See Cape Cod National Seashore hiking trails.
Cape Cod Rail Trail

The Cape Cod Rail Trail follows a former railroad bed for 22 miles through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. Its paved surface, few hills, and well-marked automobile crossings make it ideal for cyclists. The trail has a wide unpaved shoulder on one side to accommodate horseback riding, walkers, and runners.
There are many opportunities to get off the trail and visit a beach. Food and water are available and public restrooms can be found at Nickerson State Park, Salt Pond Visitors Center at Cape Cod National Seashore and the National Seashore Headquarters. Bike rentals are available at many points along the way.
See trail website for list of free parking lots. Trail Map
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Route 6 and West Road South Wellfleet, MA, 02663 Phone: 508-349-2615

This nature center offers a variety of educational programs for children and adults, including walks and workshops. Enjoy a naturalist-led bird walk on our property or listen to an evening lecture. This sanctuary has a nature center, walking trails, trail to Goose Pond, seasonal classroom, gardens, and a campground. Picnicking, birdwatching, restrooms, wheelchair accessible. Of particular interest is the boardwalk trail through the salt marsh.
Dune Shacks Trail

Route 6 North near Snail Road Provincetown, MA Phone:

The trailhead is off Route 6 at Snail Road in Provincetown. There is a small parking area. You will be walking northward, away from the village of Provincetown, toward the ocean and away from Cape Cod Bay. You are walking through dune grass and parabolic sand dunes. Views of the dunes, ocean, and dune shacks are stunning. Bring water. Do not flip flops; the sand is very hot. Bring sunscreen. Walk to the shore takes about 45 minutes.
Parking: Trail head and parking on Route 6 North at Snail Road
Mashpee River Reservation

Quinaquisset Avenue and Meetinghouse Road Mashpee, MA Phone: 508-679-2115

Open: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset

Two miles of trails wind through Mashpee River Reservation to a pristine shoreline. Natural spawning areas and excellent water quality make the Mashpee River one of Massachusetts' finest sources of sea-run brook trout. The Reservation's woodland and shoreline trails form a link in the Cape Cod Pathways trail system, and offer excellent opportunities for bird watching and cross-country skiing.
Green Briar Nature Center and Thornton W. Burgess Society

6 Discovery Hill Road East Sandwich, MA Phone: 508-888-6870

This gentle place celebrates the life and stories of Thornton Burgess, a popular children’s author of the early 1900s. Lots of pleasant walks on the property. Relaxed and mellow for young kids. See full description of the Green Briar Nature Center along with a full calendar of nature activities.
Beebe Woods via Highfield Hall

56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA Phone: 508-495-1878

Named after the Beebe Family that created the Highfield estate, Beebe Woods consists of 383 acres of land given to the Town of Falmouth in 1972. The woods were once part of the 700-acre property owned in the 1870s by James Madison Beebe. Beebe Woods has an extensive network of walking trails over varied terrain, exploring wooded ridges and steep-sided hollows, and he picturesque pond known as the Punch Bowl.
The trails connect at the southern end of Beebe Woods to Peterson Farm. The Beebe Woods Trailhead can be reached via Highfield Hall. Park at Highfield Hall and enter the property at the Ice House.
Trail map.
Cape Cod National Seashore Bike Trails

Cape Cod has very extensive biking trail, which also are used for walking. See full description of Cape Cod National Seashore bike trails.
Trails of the Waquoit National Estuarine Reserve

131 Waquoit Highway Waquoit (East Falmouth), MA Phone: 508-457-0495

The reserve has marked walking trails at the Reserve Headquarters, the Quashnet River area, South Cape Beach State Park, Abigail’s Brook, and Washburn Island (see map ). Note that dogs are not permitted on any beaches from April 1 to September 1. When and where dogs are permitted, they must always remain on leash. Directions to the Reserve.
Visitor Center/Headquarters Map & Trail Map .
Quashnet River Trails .
South Cape Beach State Park Trails.
Washburn Island Trail.
Lowell Holly

South Sandwich Road Mashpee & Sandwich, MA, 02563 Phone: 508-636-4693

Trails among holly and rhododendron gardens; stocked fish ponds

Four miles of foot trails and old carriage roads offer walking of moderate difficulty among groves of holly and rhododendron. Views of freshwater ponds.