Indian Trails 1 Loop Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Bass River comes pretty close to cutting the Cape in half. From Nantucket Sound it winds its way north for 6.0 miles into ponds and creeks that reach within 0.5 mile of tidal waters emptying into Cape Cod Bay. The aptly named waterway (striped bass chase baitfish along the river, spring through fall) is also the largest environment of its kind in the region, supporting an array of plants, trees, fish, birds, and mammals. This fact goes a long way toward explaining why the Nobscussett spent time here, especially during the colder months, when they sought dependable shelter from the more extreme winter weather buffeting the exposed shore lands."
--Michael O'Connor, Discover Cape Cod (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"This short and easy stroll, shaded for most of the way, is perfect on a warm day—but don’t overlook late spring, when lady’s slippers bloom, or late summer and early fall, when autumn colors enliven the salt marshes along with their bordering trees and shrubs.The trailhead is just beside the northwest corner of the parking area. Follow a power-line access path, dirt and gravel, to four-way junction, where you turn left on a widedirt trail. A sketch map and an Indian lands conservation area sign are beside the trail. Entering a forest, pass a trail joining from the right. Now you wander between two salt marshes, which are colorfully photogenic in fall."
--David Weintraub, Walking the Cape and Islands (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Don’t be fooled by the start of this trail under the power lines. Once you pass the trailhead, this loop explores a small nook of the Bass River and allows you to observe blue herons, search for tree swallows, or watch marsh hawks.The banks of the Bass River were once home to the Pawkannawkut Indians, a tribe that was part of the Wampanoag Nation, which held sovereignty over the vast area from Cape Cod north to Massachusetts Bay. The Pawkannawkut camped and hunted along the river shores until a smallpox epidemic wiped out the tribe in the 1770s."
--Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen, Best Easy Day Hikes: Cape Cod (Falcon Guides).
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