The city of Eastham, Massachusetts is located on the “forearm” of Cape Cod, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern side, and the Cape Cod Bay on the western side. This means that Eastham has several popular ocean and bay beaches. In fact, Eastham is known as the gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Outer Cape. The beaches and trails in this town make it easy to maintain the active, healthy lifestyle you and your dog enjoy!
A woofderful place for dogs and their walkers to get some exercise in Eastham is the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This is just one of the many trails supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. It runs from the town of Dennis to Wellfleet, and passes right through Eastham. This 22 mile paved pathway is easy on the paws and the eyes, and short side trips lead to some of the many beaches in this area. Leashed dogs are welcome!
If you and your pup want to kick back in nature and stay a while, check out the Atlantic Oaks Campground. The Cape Cod Rail Trail actually touches the back of this ideally situated campground. Dogs are allowed to stay here too, but they need to stay leashed when they’re not inside your vehicle. This campground has a long list of amenities, including modern restrooms, a store, and a playground.
With all of these dog friendly activities available, it’s clear that if you and your dog love the outdoors, you’ll love Eastham!
The Kingsbury Beach Road neighborhood of Eastham has plenty of spaces to get some fresh air and exercise with your dog. Windmill Park is home to the oldest windmill in Cape Cod, and has large grassy areas to relax and play on. In this park you can take a peaceful walk by the water, with lovely views of the windmill and church. This park also hosts several community events, including concerts, art shows and the annual Windmill Weekend. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the park as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after. When your stomachs start growling, head over to Mac’s Market and Kitchen located in the same neighborhood. This casual seafood market and eatery has outdoor dog friendly tables and delicious ceviche!
Many beaches in Cape Cod allow dogs during the off-season, but on a hot summer day, what's a dog to do? Check out the Nauset Light Beach. This beach allows leashed dogs all year round, and is located in the North Eastham neighborhood. The area has an endless sandy beach along the Atlantic ocean, and a picturesque lighthouse situated among rugged cliffs. You may even be able to spot some seals from this beach! So as not to disturb the wildlife, dogs are not allowed in posted locations during shorebird nesting, staging and migrating periods. When you’re in need of a frosty treat on a hot day, head over to Ben & Jerry’s, in the same neighborhood. They offer a massive variety of ice cream flavors and outdoor, dog friendly seating.
Just a short trot across the border brings you into the East Orleans neighborhood of Orleans. This neighborhood is proud home to Nauset Beach, only a 15 minute drive from Eastham. This 10 mile stretch of beach has gorgeous rolling sand dunes that your pup can run and play on. After all that play time, you and your dog can cool off by rinsing and repeating in the Atlantic Ocean. Dogs are welcome to enjoy some off-leash playtime on this beach during the off season, between October 1st and May 1st, but are not allowed during the peak season. Don’t forget the waste bags, and your pal’s favorite ball!
Just a 15 minute drive south along the elbow of Cape Cod, brings you to the Town Center neighborhood of Brewster. This area is home to many gorgeous areas where you can get some fresh air with your dog. A hidden gem is Wings Island. Here you can find a boardwalk through the salt marshes to access the island, and many short trails in the surrounding area. This is great place to go with Fido to enjoy views of the beach and wildlife! To get immersed in nature, check out the Shady Knoll Campground. This campground combines convenience and nature, and welcomes leashed dogs. It’s also central to some of Cape Cod’s favorite attractions! Amenities include modern restrooms, hook up and non-hook up campsites, wifi, laundry facilities, and even a convenience store across the street!
A scenic drive north brings you to Provincetown, located at the very tip of Cape Cod. In this town, you can find the Pilgrim Bark Park, just 40 minutes from Eastham. This dog park was rated one of the top ten dog parks in the United States by Dog Fancy Magazine. So check out this park for some glorious off-leash freedom, and some pawsitive socialization with other furry friends in a safe environment. The park features separate fenced in areas for small and large dog breeds. It is also adorned with sculptures, benches designed by local artists, and a super-sized dog house.There are water fountains and waste bags available for use, but don’t forget your dog’s favorite toys!