Nauset Marsh

Eastham, Massachusetts

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The end of Hemenway Road is a great place to start a trip onto the magnificent Nauset Marsh, one of the most sublime natural places on outer Cape Cod and in New England. The marsh extends south from Coast Guard Beach, the start of a 30-mile stretch of wild, protected beach that Henry David Thoreau wrote about in his 1865 classic Cape Cod. The put-in is the province of striped bass fishermen in their modest aluminum skiffs. The marsh is flushed by a powerful break in the long extension of Nauset Beach, providing at once protection and a thin line of defense against the loud booms of the open Atlantic’s crashing surf. The launch site gives you a magnificent panorama of the marsh and tributaries, along with the Coast Guard station, the white towering red-roofed Victorian building perched high on a sand dune. Back in the nineteenth century when this structure was built, the Coast Guard would use surf boats or fire a line to the ship so a breeches buoy could be used and haul the forlorn and terrified mariners in on buckets.
Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

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Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The end of Hemenway Road is a great place to start a trip onto the magnificent Nauset Marsh, one of the most sublime natural places on outer Cape Cod and in New England. The marsh extends south from Coast Guard Beach, the start of a 30-mile stretch of wild, protected beach that Henry David Thoreau wrote about in his 1865 classic Cape Cod. The put-in is the province of striped bass fishermen in their modest aluminum skiffs.

The marsh is flushed by a powerful break in the long extension of Nauset Beach, providing at once protection and a thin line of defense against the loud booms of the open Atlantic’s crashing surf. The launch site gives you a magnificent panorama of the marsh and tributaries, along with the Coast Guard station, the white towering red-roofed Victorian building perched high on a sand dune. Back in the nineteenth century when this structure was built, the Coast Guard would use surf boats or fire a line to the ship so a breeches buoy could be used and haul the forlorn and terrified mariners in on buckets.

©  Tamsin Venn/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Eastham
Distance: 4.5
Duration: Day Trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Cape Cod National Seashore
Driving Directions: Directions to Nauset Marsh

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Apr 2018