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red maple swamp trail at castle hill

It’s been off limits for several years, but a popular boardwalk of the Red Maple Swamp Trail is now open once again, and locals are beginning to take notice. The opening means visitors can now travel across the entire swamp, with a few areas still set to receive some touch-ups later this fall.

Until recently, walkers were only able to go partially into the swamp from Fort Hill Road, with barriers blocking them from crossing to Hemenway Road. Crews closed off the boardwalk because it was badly in need of repairs and had become a safety issue, with some weak posts and boards along the way.

Seashore workers handed the repairs at a substantial savings. Some estimate it could have cost $1.6 million, while local crews were able to do it for around $571,000

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coast guard beach eastham ma

Already a popular beach with locals and visitors, Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is now getting high marks nationally, as well. The local beach was just named to the top ten by Stephen Leatherman, most commonly known by beach goers and vacationers as “Dr. Beach”.

Each year Dr. Beach comes up with his list of the nation’s best beaches, ranking them by dozens of different criteria. For 2017, Coast Guard Beach notably gained the number six spot, the only Cape beach to crack the top ten list, with a majority of the other beaches located in such tourist hotspots as Florida, Hawaii and California.

Coast Guard Beach, of course, is known widely as a premiere swimming beach during the summer season on Cape Cod. Locals and visitors flock to the sand and water during

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Fort Hill Eastham

With spectacular views and a history dating back generations, Fort Hill is a true Eastham adventure, a place where visitors come to take in more than 200 years of Cape Cod history and some sensational, natural views. The entire Fort Hill Rural Historic District consists of about 100 acres, made up of salt marshes, fields and forest.

A part of the Cape Cod National Seashore for decades now, Fort Hill provides some of the very best views of the region and offers a special place in history. The entire district is on the National Register of Historic Places.

One of the best ways to see it is by following along on one of the area trails. The Fort Hill Trail, in particular, takes about an hour to complete. Along the way, hikers are rewarded with incredible

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nauset light beach

At one-mile long, Nauset Light Beach remains one of the Outer Cape’s most popular beaches, a long-standing tradition for year-round residents and seasonal visitors to the Cape. With breathtaking scenery and fabulous surfing, the beach is often at the top of the list when it comes to regional destinations.

Found on Ocean View Drive in Eastham, Nauset Light Beach is actually a part of the National Seashore, with large waves ideal for boogie boarding and surfing. While the mile-long beach appears large it is actually small when compared to other seashore-area beaches, located only about a mile to the north of Coast Guard Beach.

Families with older children find it a great location for catching a wave or simply lounging on the clean sand. Visitors also enjoy

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eastham target ship

It never actually served in battle off Cape Cod, yet Eastham’s famed “target ship” is about to get a long-overdue honor for the role it played in military history. The board of selectmen in Eastham recently voted to commemorate the SS Longstreet with a memorial plaque at First Encounter Beach. It’s hoped the plaque will be finished in time for a dedication in February, marking the ship’s 75th year.

Countless dummy bombs and missiles hit the SS Longstreet during a more than quarter century span from the mid 1940s to early 1970s, yet the ship never fired back while stationed off Cape Cod. That’s because the Longstreet wasn’t actually at battle, but rather used as target practice by those at Otis Air Force Base.

Named after Confederate General James

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nauset beach orleans ma

If you’re looking for a great family-friendly beach you’re sure to find in in Cape Cod. The area has some fantastic choices, from small beaches set in protected coves to larger beaches with plenty of room to spread out on a sunny summer day.

Nauset Beach- Orleans

If you ask any local about the best family-friendly beaches on the Cape, you’re sure to get quite a few recommendations for Nauset Beach in Orleans. This family favorite is not only large enough to handle the crowds, but also not far from some fantastic clam shacks and fresh seafood restaurants. If you go for a stroll you may even see some seals out in the water.

Cape Cod National Seashore

If you’re looking for a great place to explore, be sure and head to Cape Cod National Seashore. With a full 40

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nauset light eastham ma

A favorite of residents and visitors alike in Eastham, Nauset Light Beach remains one of the most popular beaches on the Outer Cape. Known for its fantastic surfing and a full mile of sand for lounging, swimming and body surfing, Nauset Light Beach is an ideal location for families, with lifeguards on duty during the peak summer season.

The clean sand and scenic beauty of the beach makes it the perfect location for a day trip or just to capture some incredible photographs. Newly constructed stairs, replacing those destroyed by recent beach erosion, now lead visitors down to the water from the parking lot while a large lookout provides the ideal location for taking in the vast scenery.

Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, this saltwater beach also

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coast guard beach eastham ma

Recently ranked as the best family beach in the entire country, Coast Guard Beach no longer exists as one of Cape Cod’s hidden treasures. The ranking by National Geographic puts Coast Guard Beach in the number one spot for its overall family-friendly features, including everything from planned recreational activities to simply the peaceful luxury of lounging on the sand.

Located along the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham, the beach is noted for its recreational opportunities, including nature walks, surf casting, kayaking and even beach yoga, plus the list of additional family friendly activities like campfires, guided nature walks and paddling through the untapped marsh.

The beach also includes its own lifeguards, changing rooms and showers,

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swift-dailey house

Right along Route 6 in Eastham sits a unique piece of history for the Cape Cod region.  While this 1741 built home may look a lot like other homes in the area, the Swift-Daley House is an excellent place to revisit history.  Now a museum, the house has stood for 274 years, currently operated by the Eastham Historical Society.

One step inside and its easy to see history come alive within the home.  With prized Nova Scotia, pumpkin pine floors, the lumber was not only expensive in the 1700s, but also hard to come by.  As well, the home includes a number of design elements unique to the period of time in which it was built.  One of these is a borning room on the home’s south side.  This room would commonly have been used for childbirth, as well as to care

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eastham windmill

Take a step back into history when you plan a visit to Cape Cod’s oldest windmill.  The Eastham Windmill was first constructed in 1680 in Plymouth.  It was then moved three times, first in 1770 to Truro via a log raft floated across Massachusetts Bay, again in 1793 when it was moved by ox-cart to Eastham not far from Salt Pond, and finally in 1808 to its current location on the Village Green.  You’ll find the Eastham Windmill located not far from the Eastham Public Library and just across from Eastham Town Hall.

More generally, the Eastham Windmill is located along Route 6 in Eastham.  This particular area is important to the region’s history because it shares the same site as Setucket Mill, which was likely constructed in the early 1700s.  In addition,

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