Barnstable Harbor and Great Marsh of West Barnstable

Barnstable, Massachusetts

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Paddle Barnstable Harbor and the Great Marsh in the fall or spring for superb bird-watching, terrific vistas, and a good dose of solitude on the magnificent beaches of Sandy Neck. The best paddle allows time for exploring Sandy Neck Beach on foot, but paddlers must remember, to return Cinderella-like, before low tide turns the harbor to mud. Although the trip is wholly within protected waters, note that an east or northeast wind creates significant chop in the harbor and a southwest wind at high tide creates waves that can make both the return trip a chore and your mid-trip landing difficult on Sandy Neck. Attractions: Salt marsh, bird-watching, sandy beach for picnicking, swimming.
Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

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Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

by Lisa Gollin Evans (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Paddle Barnstable Harbor and the Great Marsh in the fall or spring for superb bird-watching, terrific vistas, and a good dose of solitude on the magnificent beaches of Sandy Neck. The best paddle allows time for exploring Sandy Neck Beach on foot, but paddlers must remember, to return Cinderella-like, before low tide turns the harbor to mud.

Although the trip is wholly within protected waters, note that an east or northeast wind creates significant chop in the harbor and a southwest wind at high tide creates waves that can make both the return trip a chore and your mid-trip landing difficult on Sandy Neck. Attractions: Salt marsh, bird-watching, sandy beach for picnicking, swimming.

©  Lisa Gollin Evans/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Barnstable
Distance: 10
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best spring thru fall, weather depending
Local Maps: NOAA 13251, 13246
Driving Directions: Directions to Barnstable Harbor and Great Marsh of West Barnstable

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2005
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BE SURE TO GET THERE EARLY BECUASE LOT FILLS UP. LANDING ONSHORE ON SANDY NECK IS NOT EASY. OTHERWISE FANTASTIC PLACE WITH GREAT WETLANDS.



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