Bells Neck Road Conservation Area - Herring River Trail

Harwich, Massachusetts

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This easy jaunt explores a conservation area bordering Harwich’s Herring River. Along the way, you’ll enjoy an overview of a vast cattail marsh and a look at a fish ladder designed to help migrating alewives reach their spawning grounds in West Reservoir. The route passes near some cranberry bogs, which are fun to visit except during midsummer, when black flies are rampant. Walk south from the parking area on Bells Neck Road, a wide dirt road on a narrow isthmus separating East and West reservoirs. This area is part of the Harwich Conservation Lands and is protected from development. West Reservoir, a floodedswamp, is a popular canoe and kayak put-in.
Walking the Cape and Islands

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Walking the Cape and Islands

by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)

This easy jaunt explores a conservation area bordering Harwich’s Herring River. Along the way, you’ll enjoy an overview of a vast cattail marsh and a look at a fish ladder designed to help migrating alewives reach their spawning grounds in West Reservoir. The route passes near some cranberry bogs, which are fun to visit except during midsummer, when black flies are rampant.

Walk south from the parking area on Bells Neck Road, a wide dirt road on a narrow isthmus separating East and West reservoirs. This area is part of the Harwich Conservation Lands and is protected from development. West Reservoir, a floodedswamp, is a popular canoe and kayak put-in.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harwich
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bells Neck Road Conservation Area
Local Maps: USGS Harwich
Driving Directions: Directions to Bells Neck Road Conservation Area - Herring River Trail

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