• The 10 Can’t-Miss Hiking Spots on the Cape – Courtesy of the Eastham Hiking Club

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    The 10 Can’t-Miss Hiking Spots on the Cape – Courtesy of the Eastham Hiking Club

    The Eastham Hiking Club gets to see the Cape up close and personal. We asked the club’s leaders to recommend their favorite sites for hiking in and around the Outer Cape and National Seashore. Here are 10 of their favorites. To learn more about the club and how you can participate, please visit cctrails.org.

    1- Long Point Marsh, Wood End Lighthouse in Provincetown. Route 6 to the end, right at Provincelands Road, left into Herring Cove Beach parking lot to the far left side. Walk the intriguing Long Point marsh and on nice days, make it to Wood End Lighthouse.

    2 – Beach Forest Clapps Pond in Provincetown.  Route 6 to Provincetown; turn right at first traffic light onto Race Point Road. Beach Forest parking lot is half mile on the left. Walk the Beech Forest, high dunes, past old small pox cemetery and round Clap’s Pond.

    3 – Ballston Beach, South in Truro.  Route 6 to Pamet Roads exit, right, then left to South Pamet Road parking lot at the end of road. Hike south along ocean cliffs to the MITRE site and return via woodland trails.

    4 – East Harbor Pilgrim Lake dunes and beach in Truro. Exit Route 6 at High Head Road. Take the first left fork onto the dirt road to parking lot at end. Then walk in soft sand over dunes along the back side of East Harbor to a vista, past dune shack to ocean return.

    5 – Hopper House in Truro. Rt. 6 west on Prince Valley Road (1.25 miles north of Truro town line); right at “T,” then first left on Ryder Beach Road to the end. Hike to the Old Meeting house site, to Poor’s Hill, past the Hopper House landscape and return on the bay beach.

    6 – Long Nook in Truro. Route 6 to Longnook Road and follow it to the parking lot at end of the road. Hike the woodlands and Old Kings Highway to the former Air Force Station and Jenny Lind Tower.

    7 – Bound Brook Island in Wellfleet. Route 6 to the Wellfleet Center light. Left at the fork and go 3.2 miles and turn right at the triangle. Drive 1 mile to parking. Hike from Duck Harbor to Bound Brook Island to visit the historic houses and cemetery on wooded paths.

    8-  Fresh Brook in Wellfleet. Route 6 to Marconi traffic light, turn right and continue straight to Marconi Beach parking lot. Hike the remains of Wellfleet’s old Fresh Brook Village along traisl and back to the ocean cliffs.

    9-  Great Island in Wellfleet. Route 6 to Wellfleet Center light.  Turn left at the fork. Go 3.2 miles and turn left into the Great Island parking lot. Hike to the site of Old Smith tavern, Great Island the Cape Cod Bay beaches.

    10 – Griffin Island in Wellfleet. Route 6 to the Wellfleet Center light. Then turn left at the fork and go 3.2 miles and turn left at the triangle to parking. Hike the paths along the Herring river estuary to bay cliffs and the beach.

    September 16, 2014