View from Fort Hill

Eastham is in Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The scenic Fort Hill Area marks the beginning of the Cape Cod National Seashore and offers a panoramic view of Nauset Marsh with walking trails through a historic landscape of fields, forest and Red Maple Swamp. Further north, the Salt Pond Visitors Center makes a good starting point for orientation to the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches, activities, bike trails and walking trails. Eastham is home to some beautiful bay and ocean beaches, most notably Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Lighthouse Beach, as well as several fresh water kettle ponds. First Encounter Beach, one of Eastham's popular Bay beaches, is where Myles Standish and his Pilgrims first met up with Nauset Indians in 1620. Since Eastham is only 3 miles wide from the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Cod Bay, the town is a popular place to watch both sunrise and sunset over the water. The Cape Cod Rail Trail, a popular bike trail, runs the length of Eastham from Orleans to Wellfleet. There are 4 lighthouses along the coast in Eastham and one historic working windmill on the town green.

Get in

By car

Eastham is 45 minutes on Route 6 from the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne and about two hours from Boston (100 miles). Travel time varies greatly from the off season to the on season, depending on traffic, weather conditions, road work, etc.

By bus

By plane

By sea

There are two ferry boat services from Boston to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. Once in Provincetown you can take the Plymouth & Brockton or the Flex bus 25 miles south to Eastham.

Get around

A car is the easiest way to get around, though regional bus routes provide easy, frequent and cheap access to other towns. Eastham is also good for biking as most of the traffic stays on Route 6, the single main highway through the town, the Cape Cod Rail Trail (which follows the old railway right of way) runs through the entire town, and there is a beautiful bike trail at the CCNS Visitor's Center to Coast Guard Beach.




Cape Cod National Seashore - Atlantic Ocean beaches.

Town of Eastham - Cape Cod Bay beaches (permit required to park cars).

Town of Eastham - fresh water pond beaches (permit required to park cars).

Nature Trails

There are several self-guided nature trails in both the National Seashore (info) and Town of Eastham conservation areas (info). You can also hike the shoreline along Cape Cod Bay at low to mid tide.



Shopping in Eastham is spread out along the main highway (Route 6) and just off Route 6 at Main Street Mercantile, Seatoller Shops, and the area around Brackett Road. There are many gift shops and smaller markets for groceries and general supplies. For a large supermarket there is Stop & Shop just past the rotary in Orleans (Route 28), or Shaws Market on Route 6A in Orleans.




Go next

Provincetown, Wellfleet, Chatham and Orleans are great nearby destinations for shopping or galleries on those days not suitable for the beaches. Explore the Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary, Brewster Museum of Natural History or take a historic house tour offered by the Park Service at the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor's Center. Take a ferry to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard Islands from Hyannis (30 minutes from Eastham) for a great day-trip. Kayak in Nauset Marsh or take a fishing charter out of Rock Harbor. Whale-watching in Provincetown is just 30 minutes from Eastham.

Routes through Eastham

Provincetown Wellfleet  N  S  Orleans New Bedford
Wareham Orleans  W  E  END

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