Punkhorn Road

Bates Cr, Massachusetts 02645

Elevation Gain130ft
Trailhead Elevation49ft
Elevation Min/Max38/78ft
Elevation Start/End49/49ft

Punkhorn Road

Punkhorn Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Brewster, Massachusetts. It is within Bates Cr. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 49 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 130 feet. The Bates Cr conservation is near the trailhead. The Bates Cr conservation can be seen along the trail.

Punkhorn Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"This short but scenic ramble explores a hilly, densely forested part of the Punkhorn that borders Upper Millpond. Several fine vantage points along the way afford vistas of the pond, one of three linked kettle ponds that form the headwaters of Stony Brook, which flows north to Cape Cod Bay."

"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."

Punkhorn Road Reviews

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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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Bates Cr
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Bates Cr
USGS Harwich
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Jul 2018