Your Guide to Hiking Cape Cod


Hiking Cape CodGuests of Chatham Gables Inn will find no shortage of ways to enjoy the beautiful Cape Cod area.  Sandy beaches, forests and striking scarps are all there for your discovery.  Hiking Cape Cod is a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape.  We’ve put together a helpful list to serve as your guide to hiking Cape Cod.


Accessible from Chatham, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a bit remote, but well worth the boat ride. The 2,750-acre area is perfect for hiking Cape Cod.  There are no vehicles on the island, no paved roads and no human residents. As an important stop on the North Atlantic Flyway where migrating waterfowl are known to rest, it’s a great spot for birdwatching.  However, more than 285 species of birds call the island home.  And during the winter thousands of seals take over Monomoy Harbor.


An ambitious hike near Chatham is the hike from Chatham Light to Monomoy Point Light.  The hike is 18 miles long along the beach, but those with the endurance to hike this trail will be rewarded with stunning views.


Morris Island trail is another area near Chatham. A short and popular hike, the trail has views of the Monomoy Islands, South Beach and Stage Harbor.  The trail is also marked to identify local flora fauna.


The Atlantic White Cedar Swamp is a somewhat strenuous hike that includes a boardwalk loop in the Wellfleet swamp.  Markers along the trail provide identification of different wildlife.  Along with the boardwalk, there is a path leading to the an overlook of the beach. 


Sandy Neck Beach park on the Lower Cape has 13 miles of trails for hiking Cape Cod.  Hikers can travel from the upper beach, through the dunes to a long salt marsh trail. Also of interest is a natural cranberry bog that you can see from the trail.


For wildlife viewing, you may want to try the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  The 1,000-acre area offers walks through marshes, woodlands, tidal flats and beaches. There are five miles of trails, including the Goose Pond Trail, which allows hikers to see various birds.


This is just a small sampling of the options when hiking Cape Cod.  You’ll find so many worthwhile places to hike, it would be impossible to include them all. To see a list of trails good for hiking Cape Cod, including distances, click here. Also helpful for planning are the resources at the National Park Service.


As you make your plans for hiking Cape Cod, remember to book your stay at Chatham Gables Inn.  A stay at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast is the perfect way to ensure your trip is special.  Chatham Gables Inn has sophisticated and comfortable rooms with spa-inspired amenities to help you relax and rest up to prepare for a day hiking Cape Cod.  Your stay also includes a full breakfast each morning that includes freshly baked cobblers, a hot entree and Nantucket Tri-Berry muffins so you’ll be ready to take on the trails.  Browse our rooms and availability to start planning your perfect getaway now.


Photo courtesy Madeleine Holland.