Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters — Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

Wellfleet, Massachusetts

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This habitat of rare (in this region) Atlantic white cedars sits amid a swamp at the western border of the Cape Cod National Seashore headquarters. The trail leads from the parking lot in almost a straight line to this former kettle hole pond, now a peat environment many feet deep. The reddish-brown cedars grow ramrod straight from raised hummocks in the tannin-hued waters of the swamp spreading under the loop boardwalk trail. Visitors should appreciate these declining trees, which are inexorably giving way to swamp maples and other more dominant species. Other remnant pockets of Atlantic white cedar exist, but this fine example is the most accessible to the public—and the boardwalk helps immensely, both in terms of providing access and protecting the trees.

Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters — Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This habitat of rare (in this region) Atlantic white cedars sits amid a swamp at the western border of the Cape Cod National Seashore headquarters. The trail leads from the parking lot in almost a straight line to this former kettle hole pond, now a peat environment many feet deep. The reddish-brown cedars grow ramrod straight from raised hummocks in the tannin-hued waters of the swamp spreading under the loop boardwalk trail.

Visitors should appreciate these declining trees, which are inexorably giving way to swamp maples and other more dominant species. Other remnant pockets of Atlantic white cedar exist, but this fine example is the most accessible to the public—and the boardwalk helps immensely, both in terms of providing access and protecting the trees."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wellfleet
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters — Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

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May 2018