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Explore the Outer Cape

There is something for everyone on Cape Cod. The Inn at the Oaks is located on the Outer Cape and is considered the gateway to the National Seashore. You can spend a day relaxing at our wonderful beaches, take a bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, go bird watching on our local trails, visit our many museums or shops and of course, enjoy the many fabulous restaurants.

Outer Cape Beaches

Local Bayside and Pond Beaches

These beaches are managed by the Town of Eastham Recreation and Beach Department and require a Town of Eastham Sticker from early June until after Labor Day. Daily Passes or Visitor Beach Stickers may be purchased at First Encounter or Cooks Brook Beaches. Click on the link below for detailed information.

  • Boat Meadow
  • Campground
  • Cole Road
  • Cooks Brook Beach (Daily Parking Sticker Required, handicap accessible)
  • Corn Hill Beach
  • First Encounter Beach (Daily Parking Sticker Required, handicap accessible)
  • Great Pond (Lifeguards)
  • Hemenway Landing
  • Herring Pond
  • Salt Pond
  • Sunken Meadow Beach
  • Thumpertown
  • Wiley Park (Lifeguards)

Biking Trails & Bike rentals

The Cape Cod Rail Trial (CCRT), is a 28-mile world famous cycling trail that runs through the towns of Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. No motorized vehicles are allowed which makes the 10-foot-wide paved surface safe for cyclists, walkers, runners, or inline skaters. Formerly the old Cape Cod Railroad right of way – used in the mid-1800’s through 1960 to bring passengers and freight service to all the Cape – the trail passes by lovely ponds and lakes where you can stop to swim or enjoy a picnic lunch. The trail is well marked, and maps are available at numerous information booths as well as online. The trail is patrolled by local police bike patrols. Bicycle and rollerblade rentals are available at the several bike rental shops located along the trail. There are several other bike trails on Cape Cod including the Cape Cod Canal Trail managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Shining Sea Trail in Falmouth, several trails within the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham to Coast Guard Beach, Province Lands Trail in the Dunes of Provincetown, and Head of the Meadow in Truro. Most of the local and park beaches provide bike racks for security.

Trails closest to the Inn at the Oaks
  • The Cape Cod Rail Trail is easily accessible around the corner from the Inn, right behind Little Capistrano Bike Shop.
  • The Nauset Bike Trail is a paved trail which starts at the Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor’s Center and ends 2 ¼ miles later at Coast Guard Beach.  The Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Center is across the street from the Inn.

Bike Rentals  
A mature couple take advantage of a pleasant summer day in early September to ride their bicycles along the seven mile long Cape Cod Canal for some enjoyable excercise.

Walking & Hiking Trails

  • The Massachusetts Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary in Eastham and Wellfleet has 5 different walking trails.
  • The South Eastham Conservation Area & Upper Boat Meadow system connects 
    • Fort Hill Trail
    • Doane Trail
    • Red Maple Swamp Trail
    • Nauset Marsh Trail
    • Buttonbush Trail
    • Cedar Banks Trail


  • The Glacial Ponds Trail System connects
    • Lady Slipper Trail
    • The Nickerson Property
    • Cottontail Acrea

Local Golf Courses

A golf lover’s paradise with over 24 golf courses. For a complete list use the link below.

Golf Courses closest to the Inn at the Oaks

  • Captains Golf Course
    1000 Freeman’s Way, Brewster, MA 508-986-1716

  • Chequessett Club
    680 Chequessett Neck Rd, Wellfleet, MA  508-349-3704
Golf course with the cape cod bay side in the background