Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet, Massachusetts 2667

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Enjoy the excellent birding and diverse plant life along Silver Spring Brook, Goose Pond, and the marshes and mudflats near Try Island."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The first part of the self-guided Goose Pond Trail, from the nature center to Goose Pond, is an “all person accessible” trail, designed to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Beyond Goose Pond the route follows a well-trodden path out to a salt marsh. At the marsh most folks leave the selfguided trail and walk via a path and boardwalks to a beach on Wellfleet Harbor. Your route stays on the Goose Pond Trail as it skirts the marsh and then loops back through open and then wooded country to Goose Pond and back to the nature center. The variety of native plants and the chance to see and hear many of the Cape’s common (and not-socommon) birds make this walk a must-do. Parts of the route may flood during very high tides." Read more
"Forest, marsh, heathland, and sandplain grassland communities all await you on this rewarding route, which also visits the glacial-outwash stream valley holding Fresh Brook. Although summer brings many people to this Massachusetts Audubon Society sanctuary, most opt for Goose Pond and the beach, so you can enjoy solitude by taking the trail less traveled. Opportunities for bird-watching and plant study abound. Visit the newly revamped nature center, which has displays and exhibits, a small gift shop and bookstore, and helpful, knowledgeable staff." Read more

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews

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8/2/2009
The Goose Pond Trail is a mix of boardwalk, sand and pine needles. The trail winds through forest, out into open marsh land and back into forest. There is a side trail that has a boardwalk over the marsh land onto a beach area of the Wellfleet Bay. A lot of photographic opportunities. There is a guide book you can purchase or 'rent' to explain the different birds and flora you might encounter. The trial is easy with a mix of sun and shade. Stay on the trail-it is well marked. There is private property inside the trail-please respect their privacy. It does seem to be a popular trail. Was a very enjoyabl hike.
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7/12/2009
We left early from Boston and got there by 10AM. The place was still empty of people, but teaming with birds and other creatures. Definitely the time to be there. Check out the full write-up here: http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2009/Home/July/Week2/RDMHomeJul1209.htm#MorningDriveToProvincetown Sincerely, RainyDayInterns
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Trail Information

Wellfleet
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use
USGS Wellfleet
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Dec 2018