Murkwood

East Sandwich, Massachusetts

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Murkwood is aptly named, with its thick, resurgent woodlands—you see lots of black and white oak and maple, with tupelo mixed in. The understory is full of tough, low-lying shrub and cat briar. Scorton Marsh spreads off to the east and north, to where meandering Scorton Creek eventually meets Cape Cod Bay. The path forks, signaling the beginning of the loop trail. Take the right fork, and you pass through mixed forest until the broad, open salt marsh habitat momentarily comes into view. Enjoy a nice vista here on the fringe of the largest salt marsh on Cape Cod Bay, which extends eastward several miles to Barnstable Harbor. Because of its short length and loop design, this hike offers a friendly introduction to those unfamiliar with the coastal outdoors. The path is flat.

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"Murkwood is aptly named, with its thick, resurgent woodlands—you see lots of black and white oak and maple, with tupelo mixed in. The understory is full of tough, low-lying shrub and cat briar. Scorton Marsh spreads off to the east and north, to where meandering Scorton Creek eventually meets Cape Cod Bay.

The path forks, signaling the beginning of the loop trail. Take the right fork, and you pass through mixed forest until the broad, open salt marsh habitat momentarily comes into view. Enjoy a nice vista here on the fringe of the largest salt marsh on Cape Cod Bay, which extends eastward several miles to Barnstable Harbor. Because of its short length and loop design, this hike offers a friendly introduction to those unfamiliar with the coastal outdoors. The path is flat."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: East Sandwich
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Murkwood

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May 2018