Barnstable County and the Cape Cod Commission are working with citizens and organizations from across Cape Cod to create a Capewide network of walking trails. This network is called Cape Cod Pathways. When complete, Cape Cod Pathways will extend from Provincetown to Falmouth and Bourne and provide a connection between the seashore and the Cape's wooded interior, between the peninsula's historic villages and remaining backcountry.
Through the work of many volunteers and civic and environmental leaders, approximately one third of the Pathways east-west trail between Provincetown and the Upper Cape is now dedicated.
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Cape Cod Pathways was initiated in November 1993. Since then the project has garnered widespread support from the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, Cape Cod National Seashore, town officials, conservation organizations, businesses, and other groups. Learn more about Pathways from our Frequently Asked Questions document.
The creation of a Cape-wide trail network requires planning, mapping, community organizing, fundraising, special events, publicity, negotiation of land and easements, clearing, and construction work. Volunteers assist with these and other tasks to help bring the trail network from plan to pathway.
A directory of Cape Cod trails (Google map) indicates public walking trails and public transportation routes on Cape Cod. Ninety-five public walking trails are displayed on the map, along with descriptions of the trails, pictures, and links to more information about the individual trails. Of the 95 trails, 34 are within 1.5 miles of a public transportation route stop on Cape Cod and are labeled with a green walking icon.
SAVE THE DATE! Spring 2014 Walking Weekend begins June 6, 2014. Volunteer walk leaders will offer walks at many public and private conservation lands around the Cape. The schedule is under development and will be available on this site in mid May. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cape Cod Pathways periodically organizes Cape Walk, a nine-day event that promotes an end-to-end walking trail along Cape Cod.
This year’s walk took place on June 2–10, 2012. Each day hikers walked 7–15 miles on trails crossing the Cape, ending with a nine-day total of more than 100 miles. The walk started in Provincetown, went through Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, and Sandwich, and ended in Bourne. The adventure allowed participants to experience the Cape in a whole new way! The 2012 Cape Walk Brochure & Schedule remains on this site to give future walkers a sense of the experience.
...or view a YouTube video of Day One of Cape Walk 2012
See also our Tips & Resources page!
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for any future materials about Cape Cod Pathways events, please send an e-mail message with YOUR U.S. MAIL ADDRESS to the Cape Cod Commission to the attention of: email@example.com