Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

Explore Cape’s National Park on foot

July 26, 2010, 7:25 am

Cape Cod National Seashore is one of this peninsula’s greatest natural treasures.

Created in 1961 by Cape Cod’s favorite son, President John F. Kennedy, the park encompasses 40 miles of shoreline and 46,000 acres primarily throughout the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham and parts of shoreline in Orleans, and Chatham. It is run by the National Park Service.

One of the best ways to explore the Cape’s unique environment is to venture out on the park’s 11 self-guiding walking and hiking trails. Each of the trails is descriptively named and features diverse landscapes including marshland, woodlands and uplands. Some of the trails meander through swamps and around kettle ponds and dunes with awesome vistas unfolding along the way. Interpretive folders with information on natural and historic features are available at some trailheads.