Peachy the Magazine Fall 2019 - Page 43

CITY GUIDE Beaches If we can’t be in the Lowcountry, the Cape’s beaches are among the finest in the world. Because Chatham is located on the “elbow” of the Cape, the vast white sand beaches offer a diversity of choices, including saltwater and fresh- water beaches. Cycling Along the Cape Cod Rail Trail The paved rail-trail rolls 22 miles through Massachusetts’ southeast- ern peninsula and into the Cape Cod National Seashore, connecting half a dozen New England towns full of 17th- century charm. All along the trail there are bicycle rental shops, places to stop for food and ice cream, swimming holes, and the beaches of the national seashore. The Cape Cod National Seashore “A man may stand there and put all America behind him.” (Henry David Thoreau) The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. President John F. Kennedy signed a bill in 1961 creating the Cape Cod national sea- shore. These 40 miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, wild cranberry bogs, and uplands support diverse species. This stretch of seashore is also home to five lighthouses. FALL 2019 41