Chatham, MA —
For the Active Family!

There's plenty of adventure in Chatham! There are so many options for families keen on exploring. Hiking, biking, swimming, and other sports are available in abundance.

There are so many great outdoor activities to keep your family busy in Chatham! Some of these are covered on my home page with the buttons on the right side, so please go there for extensive information.

  • Swimming and Beaches…some of the best beaches around are here in Chatham! There are some North Chatham beaches on Pleasant Bay as well as the famous Nantucket Sound Beaches…both areas have considerably warmer water…by at least 10 degrees!... than Nauset Beach on the Atlantic! Use caution with the Pleasant Bay beaches as another breakthrough in North Beach makes much stronger currents there as well as at Lighthouse Beach directly in front of the lighthouse. There are several ponds for freshwater swimming…the largest being Schoolhouse Pond off George Ryder Road going toward West Chatham. Oyster Pond on Stage Harbor Road is a great place or young children.

"Both areas have considerably warmer water…by at least 10 degrees!"

  • Tennis courts are available to the public at Chatham High School on Crowell Road, as well as next to the Railroad Museum on Depot Road and also one in South Chatham off Bobbies Lane.
  • The Bike Trail is a very popular recreational facility in Chatham and it runs through quite a few towns on the Cape. Please see the home page for information on this.
  • Hiking Trails are found in several places in Chatham…and they are legal…you are not trespassing! The Conservation Foundation has acquired over 500 acres of land to keep open space in our town.

The first trail is the Frost Fish Creek Trail off Route 28 (Orleans Road) near the Frost Fish Creek development and features woods, marsh and field plant life for about an hour’s walk. The second trial is the Barclay Ponds Trail at the Old Queen Anne and Training Field Roads intersection and shows wooded plant life for about half an hour of walking. The third trail is Honeysuckle Land, Off Stage Harbor Road which leads to the cedar swamp. The fourth trail is the George Ryder Road South Trail opposite Ocean State Job Lot. Here you will see woods, cranberry bogs and brackish marsh during a 15 minute walk.

To really find these places accurately, it is highly recommended to buy an inexpensive book: “A Beachcomber’s Botany” at the Foundation headquarters at Mayo House across from the town information booth on Main Street. There is so much good information to help you know and enjoy what you are looking at!

Featured Listings

9 Herring Brook Way, Orleans, MA 02653

Enjoy Tuscan-style living at this magical waterfront home! Dine under a leafy pergola, bake pizza in the outdoor brick oven, dig clams from your yard. Park like grounds offer great privacy yet quick access to town & beaches. Jewel-like water views from every room, private dock & flowing floor plan make this totally updated home unforgettable.Enjoy nature's serene palette from the light-filled chef's kitchen with fireplace. A second fireplace complements the large living/dining room. Spacious library is ideal for family gatherings. Kids & teens have their own game room in the walkout lower level. Upstairs is a luxurious master suite and two other bedrooms, all with California Closets. The 2-car heated garage has a mini-apartment above, perfect for guests.

117 Summerhill Lane, Chatham, MA 02633

Wide open, spacious, and teeming with light describes the first floor of this home on a quiet cul-de-sac between the Barn-Hill landing and Harding's Beach. Custom eat-in kitchen with high end appliances, countertops, and Crown-Pointe cabinetry opens on to the family room allowing the chefs of the family to enjoy their family and friends. A beautiful lawn expands from the deck just outside. The living room with central fireplace provides ample space for entertaining or sitting quietly to read. Four bedrooms and two baths round out the 2nd floor. But wait, there is a third floor family room providing overflow for your most special guests or a quiet get-away for you to enjoy the picturesque view of Nantucket Sound in the distance from your own private deck. This impeccably maintained, freshly painted home comes complete with gleaming wood floors, central air, outdoor shower, and almost 3000 square feet of living space.

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