When it comes to natural scenery, it doesn’t get much better than the beauty of Cape Cod. If you’d like to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and reconnect with nature, these Cape Cod boardwalks and trails that would be perfect for you. Feel free to pack a comfortable pair of shoes and check them out during your stay with us! They’re only a short drive away from the Captain Farris House and allow you to experience the charm of our coastal paradise.
Whether you know it as the Sandwich Boardwalk or the “Plank Walk,” the experience is the same — pure delight! National Geographic included it on their list of the Top 10 U.S. Boardwalks, and anyone who has had the pleasure of walking across it can back up that claim.
The Sandwich Boardwalk has undergone some changes over the years, including significant repairs following Hurricane Bob in 1991. It wasn’t long before locals supported reconstruction efforts by purchasing new planks. You can still see some of their engraved messages today as you journey across Mill Creek with views of the dunes and marshland.
Bass Hole Boardwalk
Another fantastic option awaits you at Gray’s Beach in Yarmouth Port, about 15 minutes away from the Captain Farris House. This hidden gem often provides a quieter, less-crowded alternative to the Sandwich Boardwalk. It’s a beautiful place to clear your mind, enjoy the cool breezes, and admire the views of Bass Hole and the Cape Cod Bay. There’s a convenient, free parking lot nearby and a large picnic area if you’d like to have a snack before your walk. See if you can time your visit for the gorgeous sunsets!
Red Maple Swamp Trail
Your visit isn’t complete without exploring the Cape Cod National Seashore! It’s home to a beautiful shoreline and several walking trails that are open year-round. One of the trails, the Red Maple Swamp Trail, features boardwalk portions that wind through a serene forest area. This pathway is especially popular in the fall when the leaves make their transitions to vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold.
Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail
If you’re up for another brief adventure at the National Seashore, refuel with a quick snack and some water then drive up to the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail nearby. (You can even stop at the Salt Pond Visitor Center along the way to pick up maps and learn about the history of the area.) The Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail features a boardwalk section through the swamp and a well-maintained pathway through the woods. It’s about one mile long in a loop.
Uncle Tim’s Bridge
Last, but not least, is the charming boardwalk known as Uncle Tim’s Bridge in Wellfleet. It crosses over Duck Creek, allowing you to enjoy the serenity of nature while only being a short walk away from the local businesses in town. If you walk all the way across Uncle Tim’s Bridge, a beautiful island will be there to greet you with a variety of additional trails.
Fun fact: The bridge is named after Timothy E. Daniels who owned a shop nearby in the 19th century!
Return to the Captain Farris House for Rest and Relaxation
If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat on Cape Cod, we’d love to have you at the Captain Farris House. Our beautiful inn is nestled in South Yarmouth, MA, within driving distance of boardwalks, beaches, biking trails, and more. After your outdoor adventures, you can come back to unwind in pure luxury. (And, enjoy some freshly baked cookies!)
We have ten elegant accommodations for you to choose from, including Bray’s Retreat with plenty of natural light and garden views. The soothing whirlpool tub in the bathroom will melt all of your stress away before you settle into your luxurious, king-size bed for a good night’s rest. Then, we’ll have a delicious, homemade breakfast waiting for you in the morning!
Book your stay today and see why the Captain Farris House won the 2019 Experts’ Choice Award!