Things I Love About Provincetown: Dune Walk

One of our favorite things to do in Provincetown is to hike to the ocean across the rugged dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. The thing I love best about this hike is that it takes place only a mile or two at most from the hustle and bustle of Commercial Street, but it feels utterly isolated, as though you’re trudging through the heart of the desert.

The hike takes about 45 minutes one way. The trailhead is off Route 6 at Snail Road in Provincetown. Bring water. And learn from my lesson: do NOT let kids wear flip flops. The sand is blisteringly hot and you will never hear the end of it. Also: sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen. And did I mention water?

Your journey will take you across this . . .

. . . and over this . . .

. . . and through this . . .

. . . to reach this magical moment.

After a hot, 45-minute hike across rolling sand, that water feels as wonderful as it looks.

Now as for the hike back to the car in your wet bathing suit? Not as fun. But still worth it.

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3 Responses to Things I Love About Provincetown: Dune Walk

  1. pt dismal says:

    a good dune-walk poem, but further down the coast in jersey.

    have you read annie dillard’s the maytrees? it is set in provincetown and there is lots of dune-walking in it.

    nice pix, kamper.


  2. Gabby says:

    Great write-up! I saw another person write about the beach being filled with flies. I really want to go here this summer in early June but can’t stand the feeling of flies on my skin, what was your experience with this? Thanks!!

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