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Perhaps the most well-known park is the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham, offering 40 miles of pristine sandy beaches, marshes, ponds and uplands supporting diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s ways of life — there are even swimming beaches and walking and biking trails to take advantage of.
Nickerson State Park in Brewster, Massachusetts is 1,900 acres and offers eight miles of roads, hiking trails and ponds stocked year-round with trout. The park is surrounded by woods that slope down to the banks of eight crystal clear freshwater ponds, known as kettle ponds.
The Cape Cod National Seashore has six beaches, as well as a number of parks, sand dunes and sensational surf — and they’re all close to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Coast Guard Beach, which is located in Eastham (about 20 minutes from Wequassett Resort and Golf Club) is constantly rated one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S.
Also nearby is Roland Nickerson State Park, located in Brewster (also about 20 minutes by car); it’s one of the Cape’s most historic landmarks and public places. The park features beautiful ponds (perfect for a picnic), freshwater swimming, an old cedar swamp and various hiking trails. If you want a beautiful look at nature behind the shore, this is the park to visit. Spruce trees and white pines line the way through various trails that lead to some of the more unspoiled parts of Cape Cod.
There’s also a bike trail that starts in Dennis (west of Wequassett) and ends in Wellfleet (about 25 minutes east of the resort). The trail takes you through forests, fields, marshes and cranberry bogs, and you can stop along the way at various parks for pictures and picnics.