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					                  Cape Cod Pathways
            WALKING WEEKEND • SPRING 2009
                    June 5–7, 2009

                                 Last updated 5/19/09



FRIDAY, JUNE 5th
9-11 a.m. – Hiking the Goose Pond Trail, Wellfleet
(1.5-2 miles, 2 hours, easy pace)
Join Education Coordinator Melissa Lowe on a walk along the Goose Pond Trail at the
Mass Audubon/ Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most popular trails at this
1,200-acre sanctuary. The trail winds along diverse habitats including salt marsh,
freshwater pond, coastal heath land, pine woods, and freshwater pond. Bring your
binoculars! Meet at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway Route 6,
South Wellfleet. From Route 6 just north of the Wellfleet/Eastham town line, turn west
onto the access drive to the sanctuary at the Massachusetts Audubon sign. Visit
www.massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay for additional driving directions.

9-11:30 a.m. – Truro Beach Cliffs, Truro
(2.5 hours, fairly rigorous, sandy)
Join Don Light and Bob Rabenold on a hike along some of their favorite views on Cape
Cod. From the Ballston Beach parking lot you will travel south along the cliffs
overlooking the ocean and return through the woods passing by an old MIT radar
research site. There will be some steep hills and some sandy stretches along the hike.
From Route 6 in Truro, take the Pamet Roads exit. Meet at the Ballston Beach Parking
Lot at the end of South Pamet Road, Truro.

9 a.m. -12 p.m. – The “Secret Side” of Nickerson State Park, Brewster
(5 miles, 3 hours, moderate pace with some good hills)
Join Nickerson State Park Interpreter Todd Kelley as we climb the Great Divide that
separates Nickerson State Park watershed and Brewster watershed. We will return along
the trail around Little Cliff Pond to meet its big brother Cliff Pond and consider their


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relationship to each other and the watershed. From Nickerson State Park entrance on
Route 6A, follow Deer Park Road two miles in and park at Fisherman’s Landing to the
left.

NEW: 9:30-11 a.m. – Seal Search, Eastham
(1.5 miles, 1.5 hours, soft sand)
Are you curious about seals in our local waters? Join the Cape Cod National Seashore for
this hike along the Coast Guard Beach spit. We'll look for seals and learn about the
species we might see, as well as some of the special adaptations seals have that make
them perfectly suited for a life in the sea. Meet at Coast Guard Beach parking area,
Eastham.

10-11:45 a.m. – West Barnstable Conservation, Barnstable
(3 miles, moderate, flat and some hills)
Join Farley Lewis and Heidi Moss on a walk in the West Barnstable Conservation Area.
Dirt roads and mountain bike trails lead to a scenic overlook of the Cape's largest town-
owned conservation area, with some distant views of Nantucket Sound. From Route 6
take Exit 5 and continue south on Route 149. At the roundabout take first right onto Race
Lane, headed west. Go one mile to right turn on Crooked Cartway. Park at the end.

1 p.m. – John Wing Trail, Brewster
(1.3 miles, easy)
This is the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s most popular field walk that passes
through the coastal pitch-pine woodlands, across a salt marsh, to Wing's Island, and
finally descends through a salt marsh swale to the barrier beach and tidal pools of Cape
Cod. The walk is mostly an easy one but not stroller friendly and does have some tougher
terrain such as exposed roots and a few rocky spots and some steps. The Cape Cod
Museum of Natural History is located at 869 Main Street/Route 6A, Brewster.
From points east: From Route 6 Exit 12 intersection in Orleans, proceed 6.1 miles west
on Route 6A. The museum is on the right. Parking is available.
From points west: From the intersection with Route 134 in Dennis, proceed 2.5 miles
east on Route 6A.

2 p.m. – Exploring Pitch Pine–Scrub Oak Barrens, Falmouth
(1 to 2 miles, easy)
Join Waquoit Bay Research Reserve’s Stewardship Coordinator Jim Rassman on a 1- to
2-mile walk in the Quashnet woodlands to learn about the history, fire ecology, and
wildlife species associated with these unique and threatened landscapes. A short
introductory presentation will be followed by an easy hike through a nearby example of
these forests. Meet at the Quashnet River Parking lot on Martin Road in East Falmouth.
Take Route 28 from Waquoit Village or Mashpee Commons. Martin Road is a small loop
road on the north side of Route 28, just west of the Falmouth/Mashpee town line.
Parking lot with kiosk.




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NEW: 3-4 p.m. – Walking with Authors, Eastham
(1 mile, 1 hour)
Experience Cape Cod through the eyes of some of the area’s most famous or most
beloved authors, such as Beston, Thoreau, and Hay. See what they saw, feel what they
felt, and hear what they heard. Dana Eldredge, local author and Cape Cod National
Seashore park ranger, will lead this stroll along Nauset Marsh. Meet at the terrace of Salt
Pond Visitor Center, Route 6 and Nauset Road, Eastham.

4-5:30 p.m. – Secrets of the Sands, Barnstable
Learn to read the signs of the tidal flats, such as twisting trails, holes, and mud piles, that
reveal how creatures live, walk, eat, and burrow down under. We will explore the shore
of Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary on Barnstable Harbor to discover animals and
uncover their secrets for survival in an environment inundated twice daily by the tide.
Wear water shoes or bare feet. Meet at the Long Pasture Visitor Center, Long Pasture
Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, north of Route 6A, Cummaquid.




SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH
9 a.m. – Lowell Holly Reservation Hike, Mashpee
Take a long hike with walk leader Renee Fudala of the Mashpee Conservation
Commission into the pristine woodlands along Conaumet Neck at the Lowell Holly
Reservation and enjoy breathtaking views of Mashpee-Wakeby Pond. From Route 130
take South Sandwich Road north and follow approximately 0.8 miles to Reservation
parking area on left, directly on South Sandwich Road (look for The Trustees of
Reservations sign).

NEW: 9-10:30 a.m. – Beech Forest Beauty, Provincetown
(1 miles, 1.5 hours, hard-packed surface and soft sand)
Join the Cape Cod National Seashore for a stroll among ponds and a hardwood forest
nestled among the dunes in Provincetown. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring
bug spray. Meet at the beech forest parking area, off Race Point Road, Provincetown.

9:30-11:30 a.m. – Giving Back to Your Trails, Mashpee
Come join members of AmeriCorps Cape Cod for a fun morning helping to clean up
John’s Pond Conservation Area in Mashpee. We will be leading hikes around the
conservation area and picking up trash and recyclables along the way. Trash bags and
gloves will be provided. Please wear suitable clothing for the event. Meet at the John’s
Pond Beach parking lot located on Back Road, just past Otis Trailer Village. From the
Mashpee rotary take Route 151 west, then take the third right after Andy’s Market, onto
Ashumet Road (just before the Barnstable County Fairgrounds). Follow to the end and
then go right onto Hooppole Road. Follow Hooppole to the end and then go right onto
Back Road. Follow Back Road down past Otis Trailer Village to the pond.



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9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Bay to Breakers and Back, Truro
(11 miles, 5 hours, moderately strenuous)
Join Pathways and Eastham Hiking Club leader Don Heyer for this popular walk from the
shores of Cape Cod Bay, up and down the hollows of Truro to coastal heathlands of the
National Seashore, and over the dunes and cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean. Bring
water, lunch, and sturdy walking shoes. Turn off Route 6 onto Prince Valley Road in
Truro, go to end, and turn right onto Old County Road, then an immediate left onto
Ryder Beach Road. Drive to end and park at Ryder Beach parking lot.

9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. – Schoolhouse Pond Watershed, Chatham
(2.5 miles, 2.5 hours, easy pace with some hills)
Join naturalist Todd Kelley for a walk through the Schoolhouse Pond watershed to the
Training Field Triangle and back through the Chatham Conservation Foundation’s
Barclay Pond property. Along the way we will visit a smallpox cemetery and talk about
Chatham’s first meetinghouse and two other ancient cemeteries. From Route 28 in
Chatham, turn north onto George Ryder Road. Park at the Chatham Airport’s dirt
parking lot by the skateboard park on George Ryder Road.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Beebe Woods: Hiking the Outback, Falmouth
(5 miles, leisurely pace, steep in places)
The 383-acre Beebe Woods is arguably the “jewel in the crown” of Falmouth, located on
a narrow finger of glacial moraine close to the center of town. Join Molly Cornell and
Hilary Hunt in exploration of some of the lesser-known trails, which take us past deep
kettle holes, ponds, and glacial erratics. The walk will start from the parking lot on Ter
Heun Drive and traverse to the farthest northwest section of Beebe Woods. Meet at the
parking lot on Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth. From the traffic light at the intersection of
Route 28 and Jones Road, go 0.5 miles on Ter Heun Drive, leaving Falmouth Hospital on
your left. Note: A bagel shop/restroom is located at the traffic light intersection.

10 a.m. -12 p.m. – Long Beach and the Centerville River, Barnstable
(3.5 miles, 2 hours, strenuous)
Join Barnstable Land Trust’s Chris Babcock and Town of Barnstable Conservation
Division’s Fred Stepanis for a walk along Long Beach to the tip of the barrier spit and
back along the Centerville River trail. Learn about coastal dynamics, beach nourishment
projects, dredging, Piping Plovers, and much more. Wear hard-soled shoes and bring a
trash bag if you'd like to help leave things a little more beautiful. From Route 28 in
Centerville, take Old Stage Road south at the traffic light, continuing onto Main Street,
which shortly becomes Craigville Beach Road. Meet at the Craigville Beach parking lot
beach house.

11 a.m. – Indian Lands Conservation Lands, Dennis
Join Michelle Dirksen at the entrance to the Indian Lands Conservation Lands in Dennis
for a guided hike and history of the area. This walk is based on the history of the local
Indians that inhabited this area and not so much on the history of the first settlers. Take


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Exit 9 off of Route 6 onto Route 134 south, heading towards Route 28. Directly off the
exit take a right onto Main Street before the traffic light going into Patriots Square. Turn
left onto Main Street continued, and the Dennis Town Hall is on the right. Go into the
town hall parking lot at the end away from the town hall building. Rain cancels the walk.

12-1 p.m. – A Stroll Back in Time, Yarmouth
(2 miles, 1 hour, easy to moderate, dirt-packed trails, rolling hills, some steps and roots)
Join Finn Maguire from the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth (HSOY) for a walk on
the HSOY Nature Trails around Miller’s Pond. Starting at the Tufts Gatehouse, we’ll
walk through the woods surrounding Miller's Pond, stroll through what was Cape Cod’s
first golf course, pass historic Woodside cemetery, Kelley Chapel, and finish the walk at
the famous weeping beech tree behind the historic Captain Bangs Hallet house. The
walking trails are located behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office on Route 6A. There's a
road just beside the post office lot that leads to the parking and trails.

1 p.m. – John Wing Trail, Brewster
(1.3 miles, easy)
This is the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s most popular field walk that passes
through the coastal pitch-pine woodlands, across a salt marsh, to Wing's Island, and
finally descends through a salt marsh swale to the barrier beach and tidal pools of Cape
Cod. The walk is mostly an easy one but not stroller friendly and does have some tougher
terrain such as exposed roots and a few rocky spots and some steps. The Cape Cod
Museum of Natural History is located at 869 Main Street/Route 6A, Brewster.
From points east: From Route 6 Exit 12 intersection in Orleans, proceed 6.1 miles west
on Route 6A. The museum is on the right. Parking is available.
From points west: From the intersection with Route 134 in Dennis, proceed 2.5 miles
east on Route 6A.

1-3 p.m. – Punkhorn Parklands, Brewster
(2.75 miles, 1.5 to 2 hours)
Natural history joins economic history in this introduction to trails in Brewster’s
Punkhorn Parklands. The first trail circles the Boot Swamp, followed by a short trail to
Eagle Point, with one of the most beautiful overlooks in Brewster, then along pond side,
cranberry bog, and ending at a boating and swimming beach. We will meet at the main
Punkhorn Parklands parking lot, which is at the end of Run Hill Road. From Route 6 take
Exit 12 and head west toward Brewster on Route 6A. Follow Route 6A for 5.5 miles. Turn
left onto Stony Brook Road. After 0.6 miles turn left onto Run Hill Road. Follow Run Hill
Road a little over a mile until you reach a large parking lot on the left.

1-3:30 p.m. – Long Pond Geology and Nature Walk, Falmouth
(3.5 miles, 2.5 hours, moderate, uneven footing, hills)
Join Beth Schwarzman, naturalist, geologist, and author of The Nature of Cape Cod on
this walk around Long Pond, which is a classic geology walk in Falmouth, but also
provides gorgeous views, interesting ecosystems, and history to boot. Learn how to
determine how the land was used in historic times, as well as where cranberries grow


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naturally. From Brick Kiln Road (access from Route 28 in either West Falmouth or
Teaticket), take Gifford Street south. Meet at the parking area just inside the Goodwill
Park entrance on Gifford Street. The web site of The 300 Committee, Falmouth’s land
trust, www.300committee.org, has a map of the trails that you can download and print.

NEW: 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Province Lands Dunes and Bogs, Provincetown
(1 mile, 1 hour, soft sand)
Join the Cape Cod National Seashore to explore an enchanting dune landscape of unusual
plants and wild cranberry bogs. Discover the hidden story of America’s oldest public
lands, and how actions by enterprising settlers changed this landscape. Meet at the
Province Lands Visitor Center, off Race Point Road, Provincetown.

NEW: 3-4p.m.- First Encounter Walk, Eastham
(1 hour, easy, some sand)
Join Michelle Dirksen on a walk to learn about the history of the first encounter between
the native Indians and the first settlers of the second colony at Plymouth. This is the true
story of what happened at this encounter. The walk will begin at the far end of the
parking lot at First Encounter Beach in Eastham. Take Route 6 towards Eastham. At the
rotary in Orleans take the second right (half way around the rotary) and follow Route 6
to the first traffic light in Eastham center. At that light go left onto Samoset Road and
follow this to the very end. Go to the far end of the parking lot and park in the last
spaces.

5:30-6:30 p.m. – Keepers, Surfmen, and Pirates, Oh My!, Eastham
(1 hour, easy)
Join Michelle Dirksen on a one-hour outside meeting, investigating the lives of
Lighthouse keepers, surfmen, and pirates. There is very little walking. The talk begins at
the bathhouse and stairs that lead to Nauset Light Beach. If there is rain the walk is
cancelled. Meet at the Nauset Light Beach parking lot in North Eastham. Take Route 6
heading towards North Eastham. At the intersection of Brackett Road and Route 6 (Ben
& Jerry’s, Dunkin Donuts) turn right on Brackett Road. Follow this to the end and turn
left onto Nauset Road. The first street on the right is Cable Road. Go to the end and you
will see the parking lot for Nauset Light Beach directly in front of you. Meet at the
bathhouse and stairs at the end of the parking lot.

6:30-9 p.m. – Griffin Island Sunset Walk, Wellfleet
(4 miles, 2.5 hours, moderately strenuous)
Join veteran Cape Cod National Seashore Ranger Nick Paradis for a sunset walk around
historic Griffin Island. Majestic views across Cape Cod Bay coupled with a stroll along
the old shoreline of the island will highlight the walk. Sturdy hiking shoes, water, and
bug repellent are recommended. From Route 6 in Wellfleet, turn west onto Commercial
Street at the traffic light, and stay on it (sharp left after the Wicked Oyster) to Kendrick
Avenue at the harbor. Follow Kendrick Avenue to Chequessett Neck Road, and take
Chequessett nearly to end. Meet at the Great Island parking lot (large brown sign on the
left.)


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SUNDAY JUNE 7TH
8-10 a.m. – Shore to Shore Walk, Barnstable
(2 hours)
Join Cotuit naturalist Mark Robinson for a 2-hour walk from Popponesset Bay to Eagle
Pond through the woods of Cotuit, including Crocker Neck, Santuit River, cedar swamp,
well field, and Eagle Pond Sanctuaries. From Route 28 in Cotuit, take Putnam Avenue
south at the traffic light. Meet at the “jug handle” on the east side of Putnam Avenue at
the north end of Cordwood Road, opposite #804 Putnam Avenue. Look for banner. We
will carpool to start.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. – A Walk through Time, Brewster
(3.7 miles, relatively easy)
Join AmeriCorps Cape Cod member Brian Dinizio on this moderate hike, which will
highlight natural features created by the glacier that once covered Cape Cod. Glacial
erratics and kettle hole ponds spot the landscape, giving a visual break from the
numerous pitch pines and fairly abundant oak and beech trees that so easily command our
attention. We will look at cranberry bogs that have run their course and granite quarries.
We will meet at the main Punkhorn Parklands parking lot, which is at the end of Run Hill
Road. From Route 6 take Exit 12 and head west toward Brewster on Route 6A. Follow
Route 6A for 5.5 miles and turn left onto Stony Brook Road. After 0.6 miles turn left onto
Run Hill Road. Follow Run Hill Road a little over a mile until you reach a large parking
lot on the left.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. – A Monomoyicks View of Muddy Creek. D. Isabel Smith Monomoy
River Conservation Lands, Harwich
(1.25 miles, 2 hours, easy pace)
Join naturalist Todd Kelley, on a walk sponsored by the Harwich Conservation Trust, for
a journey back to the first people of the “elbow” of Cape Cod and consider their lives and
their history at this most significant archaeological site. From Route 137 head east on
Route 39 a short distance and take Bay Road one mile east. Parking lot is on right across
from Blue Heron Landing.

12-2 p.m. – Classic Dune Walk in Provincetown, Provincetown
(3.5 miles, 2 hours, some hilly dunes, loose sand will slow the pace)
Come join Mark and Patti McGrath on a classic dune walk in Provincetown. We will
climb one of the most beautiful barren dunes in the Province Lands and wander the
vegetated valleys between the dunes, arriving at the deserted ocean beach where Thoreau
sat. We will also pass several of the historic dune shacks where famous artists and writers
have worked in peaceful solitude. Take Route 6 to Provincetown. Snail Road is a left at
the first traffic signal (blinking light) on Route 6 once you have passed the “Entering



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Provincetown” sign. It is about a mile after you pass Pilgrim Lake. You can park on the
shoulder of Route 6 near Snail Road or on Snail Road.

1 p.m. – John Wing Trail, Brewster
(1.3 miles, easy)
This is the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s most popular field walk that passes
through the coastal pitch-pine woodlands, across a salt marsh, to Wing's Island, and
finally descends through a salt marsh swale to the barrier beach and tidal pools of Cape
Cod. The walk is mostly an easy one but not stroller friendly and does have some tougher
terrain such as exposed roots and a few rocky spots and some steps. The Cape Cod
Museum of Natural History is located at 869 Main Street/Route 6A, Brewster.
From points east: From Route 6 Exit 12 intersection in Orleans, proceed 6.1 miles west
on Route 6A. The museum is on the right. Parking is available.
From points west: From the intersection with Route 134 in Dennis, proceed 2.5 miles
east on Route 6A.

1 p.m. – From (Even before) Indian Times to Now, Dennis
Join long-time walk leader, award-winning environmentalist, and playwright Lee Roscoe
returning to give a walk at Crowe’s Pasture to Cole’s Pond and Quivet Creek in East
Dennis. Forest, pond, creek, and sea: how were habitats (flora, fauna, geology) connected
to the phases of Cape Cod history? From Route 6A, take South Street in East Dennis, all
the way to the cemetery. Parking just ahead on dirt road beyond cemetery. Meet at
entrance to Crowe’s Pasture conservation area.

1-3:30 p.m. – Geology and Nature Walk on the Moonakis/Quashnet, Falmouth
(3.5 miles, 2.5 hours, flat but sandy trails)
What happens to a river that is dammed for mills then later converted to cranberry
cultivation? Learn about the only free-flowing river in Falmouth, about the geologically
and historically interesting valley that it runs in, and about its many transformations. Join
walk leader Beth Schwarzman, geologist, naturalist, and author of The Nature of Cape
Cod on this exciting hike. This hike will take place rain or shine. From the east end of
Route 28 in Falmouth, near the border with Mashpee, take Martin Road (a short loop
road) on the north side of Route 28 in Waquoit, just opposite Red Brook Road. Meet at
the trailhead near the east end of Martin Road.

1:30-3:30 p.m. – Danforth Recreation Trails, Barnstable
(2 to 3 miles, flat terrain)
Join Alisha Stanley on this trail that will bring you through the historic cow tunnel under
Race Lane, sumac alley, quiet open fields, and the pines of the Danforth Recreation Area.
Trails link to the Trail of Tears and Otis Atwood established passive trails. From Route 6
take Exit 5 to Route 149 south. At the roundabout take the first right onto Race Lane
west. Parking is located on Race Lane across the street from the Marstons Mills Airfield,
970 Race Lane, Marstons Mills, MA 02648.




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NEW: 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Province Lands Dunes and Bogs, Provincetown
(1 mile, 1 hour, soft sand)
Join the Cape Cod National Seashore to explore an enchanting dune landscape of unusual
plants and wild cranberry bogs. Discover the hidden story of America’s oldest public
lands, and how actions by enterprising settlers changed this landscape. Meet at the
Province Lands Visitor Center, off Race Point Road, Provincetown.




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