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Hike the Pilgrim Spring Trail

Entrance to the Pilgrim Spring trail. Pine needles on the forest floor surround the trail.
Entrance to the Pilgrim Spring trail.

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Find your trail to explore at Cape Cod National Seashore! One of eleven trails in the park is the Pilgrim Spring Trail, a 1-mile loop trail in Truro, Massachusetts. The trail leads to a site representative of where the Pilgrims drank their first fresh water in New England. This short loop trail winds through the recovering pine and oak forest, and passes a marker which commemorates the Pilgrim’s initial exploration of this area.

The trail is rated as easy. It has solid surface for the duration of the trail with some slopes. There are some log steps. Pets are not allowed on any of the hiking trails in the park. There are seasonal restrooms at the end of the trail in the parking lot.
Details
Length: 0.7 mile loop, 30 minutes.
Location: Turn right off Route 6, 1.2 miles past the brown Head of the Meadow Beach sign on the right, at the Pilgrim Heights area sign. Walk begins at the covered shelter. Upon exiting the trail near restrooms, proceed ahead across the parking area to your vehicle.
Features: Path leads to a site representative of where the Pilgrims drank their first fresh water in New England. This short loop trail winds through the recovering pine and oak forest, and passes a marker which commemorates the Pilgrim’s initial exploration
of this area.
Conditions: Easy; some log steps; moderate grade; picnic area and seasonal restrooms in parking area at end of trail.
Pets are not allowed on any of the Seashore's walking trails. Pets are allowed seasonally on bike paths, seasonally on beaches, and year round on fire roads. Please call 508-255-3421 for more information.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Turn off Route 6 in Truro at the Pilgrim Heights area sign. Follow the road down into the parking lot. The walk begins at the covered shelter. Upon exiting the trail near restrooms, proceed ahead across the parking area to your vehicle.
The seashore is open 6:00 AM to midnight, daily.
Accessibility Information
The trail is rated as easy. It has solid surface for the duration of the trail with some slopes. There are some log steps on the sloped sections of trail. There are seasonal restrooms at the end of the trail in the parking lot. Contact the visitor center with any accessiblity questions, 508-255-3421.

Last updated: December 23, 2020