Cape Cod National Seashore - Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

Wellfleet, Massachusetts

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This mostly shaded loop, great on a hot day, explores one of the Cape’s few remaining stands of Atlantic white cedar, located on the former site of Camp Wellfleet, a U.S. Army base. Trailside markers identify many of the common plants, and you’ll probably get to see and hear some forest birds as well. The swamp usually has standing water, so bring mosquito repellent. The Marconi Station Site, located just across the parking area from the trailhead, is well worth a visit. When Morse-code messages between President Theodore Roosevelt and England’s King Edward VII were exchanged from here on January 18, 1903, the age of two-way wireless communication began.
Walking the Cape and Islands

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Walking the Cape and Islands

by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)

This mostly shaded loop, great on a hot day, explores one of the Cape’s few remaining stands of Atlantic white cedar, located on the former site of Camp Wellfleet, a U.S. Army base. Trailside markers identify many of the common plants, and you’ll probably get to see and hear some forest birds as well.

The swamp usually has standing water, so bring mosquito repellent. The Marconi Station Site, located just across the parking area from the trailhead, is well worth a visit. When Morse-code messages between President Theodore Roosevelt and England’s King Edward VII were exchanged from here on January 18, 1903, the age of two-way wireless communication began.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wellfleet
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Cape Cod National Seashore
Local Maps: USGS Wellfleet
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Cod National Seashore - Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/30/2009
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This trail is very easy & very short so it comes across as a bit anti-climatic for anyone looking for a bit of exercise on a hike. It does have some serious "cool" factor though since the White Cedar Swamp seems almost surreal and out of place on Cape Cod. The boardwalk through the swamp is synthetic wood in excellent condition but there are plenty of mosquitos. Bring repellant! The signs along the trail are not much more than temporary diversions - just names of trees with no other detail or explanation. Overall the trail is worth a look if only to stretch your legs on the way to P-Town or to see something out of the ordinary for the outer Cape.



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