For many who only know Cape Cod as it relates to sunning on the beach, Cape Cod might not seem like the obvious place for a nature hike, but there are 5 great hiking experiences in upper Cape Cod. Whether you are experienced on the hiking trails or you just want to get some fresh air and a nice walk, there is a trail to meet your needs. Below is information on 5 trails in the upper Cape area rated from under a mile in length to over 3 miles from start to finish.
1. Salt Pond: This trail serves as one of the best places to bird watch in Falmouth. It sits on 35 acres of woods and surrounds the pond itself. As a well maintained, simple trail this is perfect for your afternoon walk. Salt Pond can be accessed right off the shining sea bikeway heading towards Woods Hole. Click here for trail map of Salt Pond.
2. Spohr Gardens: Spohr Gardens stretches across 6 acres of land located on Oyster Pond. The gardens are open year round with a special focus on springtime when daffodils bloom and attract crowds to come out and celebrate. The winding grassy paths make it a perfect trip for people of all ages to enjoy the beautiful sights and activities Spohr Gardens has to offer. Access is available of off Fells road in Falmouth.
3.The Knob: Stretching just under one mile to the top, The Knob is a great excursion with an added bonus of spectacular views of Quisset Harbor and Buzzards Bay. As you are walking up to the knob you may stop to swim and enjoy the beach. Cornelia L. Carey donated 12 acres including the knob to Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries in the early 1970s in the hopes that the public would enjoy the beauty of this nature preserve.The Knob is open to the public from sunrise to sunset and is one of the top spots on the upper cape to view incredible sunsets. Click here for some information and a trail map of The Knob. Also check out the great drone video below done by local Falmouth business Skyflik.
4.Beebe Woods: Head to Highfield Hall and Gardens and you will find trails with a little more difficulty than the previous three options. Highfield Hall and Gardens is set in Beebe Woods which consists of 383 acres of land that was donated to the town of Falmouth by the Mr. and Mrs. Josiah K. Lilly, III in 1972. This 383 acres is part of an original 700 acres of property owned by the Beebe family. The trails and setting at Beebe Woods are perfect for any individual in need of some fresh air and a good work out. There and back, Beebe woods is just over 3 miles. Another Bonus of Beebe Woods is the trails that link to Peterson farm, one of the oldest farms on cape cod. To head out into Beebe woods you must keep a special eye on where you are walking due to many irregular hills and pot holes ! To see and or print a copy of the map of trails for Beebe Woods you can click on this link by The 300 Committee which is a private, non-profit land trust working to preserve and protect natural lands in Falmouth, Massachusetts.Other than the beautiful nature the woods possess, the shining star of the area would be the restored mansion Highfield Hall, which is available for tours.
5. Long Pond: With a total distance of 3.5 miles, Long Pond serves as the most difficult trip of all the trails listed above. To gain access to Long Pond, you may enter by Falmouth High School or Fire tower road, which the trail stretches in between. Once popular with fisherman, unfortunately access to the pond is now off limits. The northern side of this trail consists of many steep slopes keeping walkers, runners, or bikers on their feet! Fun Fact: Long Pond has been the main source of town water since the 1800’s. Click here for link for trail map of Long Pond
With this small list of great hiking trails on Upper Cape Cod, we hope to motivate you to get out there and enjoy the start of summer for some great exercise and awesome sights.
Fall in love with the Cape this autumn and experience all of the wonderful seasonal activities this vacation destination has to offer. After the hot days of summer fade into the cool crisp days of fall, a new kind of beauty emerges on the oceanfront landscape. Where there were once crowds of beach goers, there are now quiet miles of coast – the perfect place for an evening stroll with a warm sweatshirt. Here are our suggestions for making the most of our favorite season on the Cape:
Fall Foliage Tours
Whether you travel by bike, by kayak, or on foot, the bright amber hues simply cannot be missed.
The Shining Sea Bike Path spans 10.7 miles from North Falmouth to Woods Hole. You will pass through picturesque cranberry bogs, inlets with amazing wildlife, and beautiful wooded areas all while winding around the Vineyard Sound shoreline. The path ends in Woods Hole, the perfect place to stop and grab some lunch to fuel up for your ride back.
Whether you rent a kayak for a few hours and head out on your own, or sign up for a sunset tour – kayaking is one of the best ways to see the hidden inlets and marshes of the Cape. Nothing compares to the serene environment of being out on the water where the only noise audible is the sound your paddle makes as it glides through the water.
Cape Cod is home to some of the most beautiful nature walks, and the gorgeous colors of the fall foliage enhance the experience that much more. Beebe Woods at Highfield Hall and Gardens is just one of the many beautiful places to enjoy the fall by foot. Home to the “punch bowl” (a picturesque pond that lies deep within the woods), Beebe Woods has a trail for everyone.
Roll up your sleeves and get into the spirit at a local farm this fall and enjoy the beautiful bounty of the season!
Coonamessett Farm is a 20 acre farming and research enterprise and they invite you to get a day pass to pick your own pumpkin at for only $8!
Peachtree Circle Farm is run by a husband and wife team and founded in 1990. Spend the day wandering their 7 acre farm and leave with some sweet treats!
Falmouth Wine and Sprits hosts fall cider tastings each Saturday afternoon. Sample some new ciders, compare the classics, and enjoy some delicious doughnuts! Feel free to purchase some cider and enjoy it on the veranda back at the inn – Falmouth Wine and Spirits is a short walk away!
Haunted House Tours
Fall simply wouldn’t be complete without a little spookiness!
Barnstable Village Haunted House Tour
Walk the historic Old Kings Highway in Barnstable Village and hear stories of the small quaint town. There are over ten stops and eight ghost stories will be told. You will visit Cobb’s Hill Cemetery where many strange and unusual things have taken place. You’ll visit places like the Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant where a mischievous specter lurks in the dining room. The tour ends in the old jail built in 1690.
Tony Andrews Farm is home to the ‘Harvest of Horrors,’ one of Cape Cod’s most frightful hayrides! Guests first board a tram which brings them to the entrance of the haunted forest where the guests are then split into small groups as they enter. The winding outdoor path is a 1/4 mile long and not for the faint of heart!
However you choose to enjoy the fall season here on the Cape, you will certainly not be at a loss for things to do. Falmouth is centrally located, and offers so much do right here in the village.
Many of our guests at The Captain’s Manor Inn enjoy the outdoors during their time in Falmouth, Cape Cod. Outdoor activities include hiking spots such as Beebe Woods or Spohr Gardens, biking on the Shining Sea bikeway, walking the village main street, swimming over at Surf Drive beach and kayaking. Cape Cod Kayak located in the village of Cataumet in Falmouth has been a favorite of our guests in terms of equipment rentals and tours. So next time you visit perhaps you might like to try a new outdoor adventure and head over to Cape Cod Kayak to see some of our beautiful seashore from a new angle.