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.
What is the best place to watch sunset in Cape Cod is a question we are asked frequently by our guests. After a day filled with activities ranging from shopping the boutique shops in Falmouth Village to exploring the wonders of Spohr Garden or the acres of walking paths in Beebe woods or biking the scenic 11 mile Shining Sea Bikeway it is time to kick back and relax while watching the sunset in the distance. There are any number of locations to choose from that we are happy to share. Falmouth is surrounded by 68 miles of coastline so as you can imagine there are countless opportunities to stroll any number of Falmouth beaches and stop to watch a beautiful sunset. We are happy to share some suggested sunset locations and will highlight the top two locations in a little more detail as well as a sailing option.
One of those spots is Surf Drive Beach which is located just a short mile stroll from The Captain’s Manor Inn and is located on Vineyard Sound. Surf Drive Beach is popular as it is just south of Falmouth Village and its many boutique shops and great restaurants. Surf Drive Beach is a long more narrow beach for strolling and tends to be quieter than some other beach options. Surf Drive Beach faces Vineyard Sound you can watch the Island Queen Ferry and the Steamship Authority ferry as they traverse Vineyard Sound to transport visitors back and forth between Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard. The beach also features calm waves and rock jetties to explore with the Nobska Lighthouse visible to the East.
Another spot to view a spectacular sunset is Old Silver Beach. Of all the Falmouth beaches, Old Silver is the most popular for those seeking a wide and long beach with fine white sand. It is a more active beach due to its popularity with families and children as it is on the Buzzards Bay side and therefore has a bit warmer water (in the 70’s) and very calm wave activity.
Two Best Places to watch sunset
So now lets talk about the two best places to watch sunset in Falmouth, Cape Cod. It is a toss up on which of these two is the number 1 best sunset location in falmouth as personal preference will determine so we suggest you explore each one of the two during your getaway to Falmouth. Both of the top two place to watch sunset shared below are also two of the most popular locations for couples to get engaged.
The Knob is an excellent sunset spot and it is best known for its tranquil setting. The Knob is a top attraction in Falmouth at any time of day as reflected on Tripadvisor. The land was donated as a sanctuary by Cornelia Carey in the 1970’s. We love sharing a map with guests to guide them to this hidden gem near Quissett Harbor. A trail extends from the Harbor to the Knob overlook and is just under a mile in total length. The trail is very easy to navigate and you can expect to experience numerous bird calls as over 100 species of birds have been logged in The Knob area. The remarkable views from atop The Knob include Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands and sometimes as far as Rhode Island. You do not have to complete the walk to the end of The Knob to experience a beautiful sunset as you can stop once you reach the beach area and just pick a spot to sit down and relax as the sun sets.
The other outstanding sunset spot is known for the expanse of ocean you can see with Martha’s Vineyard in the distance during a sunset. This spot is Nobska lighthouse which overlooks Vineyard Sound and the uninhabited Nonamessett Island (the most easterly of the Elizabeth Islands). A wonderful 1 minute youtube video was recently shared on YouTube.The lighthouse is located at the spot near where Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound meet in the Woods Hole village of Falmouth, Cape Cod. The lighthouse has been in this spot since being built in 1828. A short drive from The Captain’s Manor Inn, you will arrive at the lighthouse. There is limited parking on site and further down the beach are some other parking options. The views from the lighthouse are just spectacular during the day as well as for sunset. Sitting atop a bluff provides a wide angle of viewing for all the sailing kayaking, ferrying etc. that take place on the beautiful Vineyard Sound.
When you plan your Cape Cod getaway it will be our pleasure to help you plan to watch a beautiful sunset from land or you may opt for a sunset cruise leaving Falmouth Harbor to sail Vineyard Haven.
The Knob is one of the most scenic places in Falmouth to visit. It offers you a nature walk, a trip to the beach, and a relaxing day. The Knob is known for its rocky outpost, in which visitors can walk up steps to the top. Once you reach the top the view is breathtaking. The Knob is also perfectly placed in our beautiful town. It is an 8 minute drive from The Captain’s Manor Inn, or an approximate 30-40 minute walk. Riding your bike is also an option and would take about 15-20 minutes. The Knob is located close to downtown Falmouth, the Inn, and is also close to Woods Hole. Here is what your experience may look like:
A soft blue watered, inner harbor when you first walk to the entrance of the Knob, called Quissett Harbor. You can choose to walk the beach way which is a little rocky, but it gets you to the Knob, or the trails through the woods, which have stairs and are easily accessible.
If you decide to take the trails through the woods to get to the other beach and the Knob, you will experience a zen- like walk. The woods are filled with birds, trees, and other little critters. It is a great way to stay in touch with nature and experience living among animals in a whole new perspective. The scenic and picturesque trails seem as if they may have come from a story you heard as a child… a magical trail leading to a fantasy world, which in this case is completely accurate.
The Quissett Bay beach is one place where you can relax and soak up all Falmouth’s beaches have to offer you; Peace, quiet, sunshine, and the beach! Enjoy laying on the beach, reading a book, or taking a dip in the water. Whatever you decide to do the choices are endless!
Also from Quisset Bay beach you can see the Knob. At the top the view of the bay is breathtaking. So what are you waiting for? Book a room at The Captain’s Manor Inn and come see it all for yourself!