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Long Walks on Cape Cod

Copyright 1999 Cape Cod Trails Conference


Wellfleet Ponds

Note: Please be aware that Wellfleet and other towns may require parking stickers to park at many of the locations. Please check with authorities before heading out.

USGS Map:           Wellfleet

Sketch Map of Route


1. 0.8 miles east on Le Count Hollow Road from Route 6 in Wellfleet to Ocean View Drive; north 1.0 miles to parking area.

2. 1.0 miles east on Cahoon Hollow Road from Route 6 in Wellfleet, to parking area on
the left.


This guide has been rewritten as a combination of two short walks from "www.cctrails.org/wellfleet.htm".  The topo maps cover each half. 

Duck Pond

Topo Map

Park at Whitecrest Beach on Ocean View Drive in Wellfleet (001).

Walk south on Ocean View Drive, passing Wellfleet-by-the-Sea cottages on your left.  At about 0.4 mile (002), a woods road goes off to the west.  It is deeply rutted and easy to follow.  In about one-half mile, another woods road branches to the left (003), guarded by a rail fence.  Stay to the right.

You will pass several of these forks with rail fences (004).  Stay on the main track as it curves toward the north.  It is a pretty walk in the woods, well-shaded in the summer. You will come to the utility right of way (005).  Walk north on it until a distinct woods road appears to your right, in another 0.2 mile (006).  Follow it north to Duck Pond.

The road curves to the left and ends in a parking area.  Just beyond Is a little brown sign with regulations regarding use of ponds.  Follow the foot path to the shore of Duck Pond (007).  Enjoy the view!

NOTICE!  At this point, the previous guide is revised!  We have always followed a route around the north shore of the pond, passing through private property to proceed to trailhead 2.  The landowners object to that route, and we must comply with their wishes.

Reverse to return to the utility right of way.  Follow it to the west for about 0.5 mile to a sandy track heading northeast (008).  Walk northeast on it for another 0.5 mile to Cahoon Hollow Road (009).

Walk to Cahoon Hollow Road, passing by Trailhead 2 on your left.  Walk east on Cahoon Hollow Road about 0.3 mile to a point just opposite the east edge of little Southeast Pond (010).  Across the road to the south is a well-worn foot trail next to a rail fence. Walk east and south on it, heading for Trailhead 1.

You are now about to enjoy a wilderness adventure.  Be prepared, as the Boy Scouts say.  Have your compass out and refer to it at every trail junction.  The area is obviously well-known to local residents; it has evidence of frequent use on a multitude of paths.  You are in a one mile square area bounded by Cahoon Hollow Road to the north, Ocean View Drive to the east, the original woods road to the south, and the utility right of way to the west.

Follow the trail south to (015), then east to (016), and southwest to (019).  You will have a steep climb up to a foot path heading east to (021).  Then walk north on Ocean View Drive to return to the parking area at Whitecrest Beach.

Long Pond in Wellfleet

From the parking lot for Great Pond on Cahoon Hollow Road (01), look for an opening in the fence at the northwest corner of the parking lot.  Walk out to a deeply rutted woods road (05) and follow it to the northwest past Turtle Pond on your right until you come to a second distinct fork (06).  Bear left, walking west, then northwest..

Shortly, Dyer Pond appears on your left.  Stay on the main woods road as it passes by summer houses, then curves to the right, heading in a more northerly direction.  You will walk past "fire road" cables along the way, and also past summer houses on Long Pond on your right.

About 0.6 mile from Cahoon Hollow Road, you will come out on Long Pond Road (08), another two lane paved road.  Turn right, and in about one-quarter mile, a deeply rutted woods road goes off to the left at an acute angle (09).  Follow this road as it travels northeast, paralleling Long Pond for a bit.

You will be on this track for nearly one mile.  Along the way, another woods road comes up on the right from Long Pond (20). In about 200 yards further, a major fork appears (12).  Bear right to stay on the same course. The road ends at a little parking area enclosed by rail fences.  To your right is Spectacle Pond.  Walk down to its shore to enjoy the sights.

Come back to the parking area and look for a foot path heading northeast, around the fence.  You will come out on Ocean View Drive. Cross Ocean View Drive (13) and follow the foot path north to a woods road that heads east out to the cliff and a view of the ocean (14)..

Reverse to walk west on the woods road to Ocean View Drive, then cross over to the woods road continuing on the other side.  Walk west on the woods road for almost one-quarter mile.  At the utility pole (16), walk southeast on the woods road that passes by Kinnacum Pond (17).
Where it intersects the road to Spectacle Pond (18), turn right and walk southwest to the fork (20).

Bear left at the fork, walking south and then southeast to Long Pond Road (21).  Cross Long Pond Road and pick up the dirt road heading south and southwest around Long Pond.  It is an access road for summer houses (22), first to Long Pond on your right, then to Great Pond on your left.

When you come to an intersection of woods roads  with a "fire road" sign cabled across (07), you may either turn left and retrace the route to the parking lot, or walk around Dyer Pond (27,28,29) and return. The shorter walk is 5.3 miles.  The loop around Dyer Pond adds an additional mile.