Hiking in Cape Cod in the Spring

Hiking in Cape Cod is glorious on a beautiful May day. Lace up your sneakers and hit the trails this time of year. If you time it right, you'll watch the crocuses and daffodils bloom practically in front of your eyes! Some of our favorite spring hiking in Cape Cod includes nearby locales, such as the White Cedar Swamp Trail and the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. But, just down the peninsula, near our new sister property Endless Dunes, is another fave. Google "Red Maple Swamp Trail" and you'll see why.

Hiking in Cape Cod at Red Maple Swamp Trail

Red Maple Swamp Trail is a joy this time of year. While admittedly it is most colorful in Fall, the trail is green and blooming in spring. Plus, the boardwalk is less crowded and it's easier to hear the birds chirping and to peer over the marsh at sunset in solitude. In fact, spring on this trail is great for birdwatching. So. pack your binoculars and wear layers for the unpredictable spring temps. One of the things we love most about the trail are the trees arcing across. It's magical.

Add on the Fort Hill Trail and it turns the hike into a loop. It's 1.8 miles in length and will take 40 minutes to an hour, depending on how many photos you take or birds you spy!  And, if you look for them, you'll discover historic spots, too. There is a Nauset Indian sharpening stone along the way. Plus, there is a short spur trail to the Penniman House, a whaling captain's home. 

Photo Credit: Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore

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