Punkhorn Parklands - Calf Field Pond Trail

Brewster, Massachusetts

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Punkhorn is a local term whose meaning is unclear—a 1747 deed called the area “Sepunkhorn,” and the shortened version is used to imply a boggy landscape, or perhaps simply “the boondocks.” Whatever the definition, this 835-acre wilderness, home to dense forests, kettle ponds, and freshwater wetlands, is a walker’s paradise. This invigorating route explores the Punkhorn’s densely forested northeast corner and visits three small kettle ponds and their neighboring wetlands.
Walking the Cape and Islands

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Walking the Cape and Islands

by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)

Punkhorn is a local term whose meaning is unclear—a 1747 deed called the area “Sepunkhorn,” and the shortened version is used to imply a boggy landscape, or perhaps simply “the boondocks.”

Whatever the definition, this 835-acre wilderness, home to dense forests, kettle ponds, and freshwater wetlands, is a walker’s paradise. This invigorating route explores the Punkhorn’s densely forested northeast corner and visits three small kettle ponds and their neighboring wetlands.

©  David Weintraub/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brewster
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Harwich
Driving Directions: Directions to Punkhorn Parklands - Calf Field Pond Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/5/2007
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Since my last review four years ago things have improved greatly. Friends of the Punkhorn have done a marvelous job in clearing and marking the trails with colored diamond shaped plastic signs in four colors: red orange yellow and blue (short side trail in green). I am delighted now to give it a much higher rating although only time will tell if the signs remain intact as at present (December 2011). There is no longer a map kiosk available on the trail to delineate the sign colors and the official map from the town and the Cape Cod Commission does not show details of the area. Bring your GPS and you can work your way back to the origin. Start on the blue trail, continue on the red trail, then the yellow trail and finally the orange trail which will take you back to civilization. It's a great walk any time, even in the winter.



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