Punkhorn Parklands - Grand Tour Trail

Brewster, Massachusetts

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The Punkhorn has seen many uses since the glaciers that formed the landscape retreated. Native Americans lived here and took advantage of the fishrich ponds and other resources. Settlers in the 18th century cut the forest and grazed sheep in the resulting meadows. The 19th century brought a cranberry industry to the area’s bogs, and in the early 1900s granite for jetties was quarried near Calf Field Pond. Today, however, the Punkhorn Parklands are a place to commune with nature and enjoy the Cape’s rich biodiversity. This “grand tour” visits a variety of habitats, including the area’s two largest kettle ponds, a freshwater marsh, and a serene forest.
Walking the Cape and Islands

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Walking the Cape and Islands

by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Punkhorn has seen many uses since the glaciers that formed the landscape retreated. Native Americans lived here and took advantage of the fishrich ponds and other resources. Settlers in the 18th century cut the forest and grazed sheep in the resulting meadows.

The 19th century brought a cranberry industry to the area’s bogs, and in the early 1900s granite for jetties was quarried near Calf Field Pond. Today, however, the Punkhorn Parklands are a place to commune with nature and enjoy the Cape’s rich biodiversity. This “grand tour” visits a variety of habitats, including the area’s two largest kettle ponds, a freshwater marsh, and a serene forest.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brewster
Distance: 5.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Harwich
Driving Directions: Directions to Punkhorn Parklands - Grand Tour Trail

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