Hike Provincetown Dunes on the Cape Cod National Seashore

Provincetown Dunes

"A grand place to be alone and undisturbed" as American playright Eugene O'neill described it. Explore the rolling sand dunes, dune shacks and miles of untouched beaches in a pristine, unique environment.

Begin your journey from a small parking area that holds 3 cars just off route 6 (additionally you can park on the side of the road) The trail head is unmarked until about 50' into the woods where you will find a sign describing the rich history of the area. Continue up the large sand dune immediately in front of you where you will take in the first magnificent view of the miles of rolling dunes.

Map out your general route form here or just begin exploring. The trails are unmarked but there are visible, well established paths. Take care to avoid stepping on vegetation.

Eventually making your way to the ocean, you will likely pass many picturesque cottages or Dune Shacks that were built in the early 1900's. They are still used today seasonally for writers and artists as well as a few lucky general public who are picked from a lottery system. For more information click here.

If you are looking to explore the true, natural beauty of Cape Cod this hike is not to be missed.

There are several trails and routes you can take. Mileage is approximate for hiking to the ocean and back. You can walk along the beach and make a loop for a much longer hike or spend more time exploring the dunes

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Snacks
  • Windbreaker
  • Appropriate layers for season you are hiking in
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RT Distance 2.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 287 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Beach
Dog Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic
Wildlife

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A Delightful Late Summer Excursion

The dunes and beaches are truly magical. So much fun to sleuth around the old town and discover old monuments, too!

Best Spot on the Cape

This trailhead can actually be found on google maps as the "Dune Shacks Trail" . What an amazing spot! We walked to the ocean and back and definitely feels like a different world.

Beautiful area

These dunes are amazing. The landscape and foliage is unlike any other place I've ever seen. I would bring bug spray with you! If you have time, walk out to the ocean. If you're lucky you can see whales breaching without binoculars.


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