Hikes highlight Barnstable hiking trails


Barnstable Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee volunteers organize free one to two hour walking tours of the trails connecting the seven villages during the Fall walking weekend during the feast of the indigenous peoples from October 8 to 11.

No registration is necessary for most of these “show and go” hikes. Terrain and pace are moderate unless otherwise noted.

Although masking on the outside remains optional, unvaccinated people are advised to continue to wear face masks and to continue to keep a distance, in accordance with www.barnstablehealth.com and that of the State COVID-19 Interactive Data Dashboard.

Friday October 8

Du bois au grand marais, 10 a.m. Meet at 9.45am at Old Jail Lane in Barnstable Village to explore Cape Town’s diverse ecosystems with Elissa Crowley. Walk on old roads through the woods to 6A, then to Audubon Great Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary. About. walking length: 4 miles; about. completion time: 2 hours.

Directions: Access Old Jail Lane from Pitchers Way or Route 6A. Look for the Old Jail Lane Conservation Area wooden sign. Prepare for ticks and avoid poison ivy. Heavy rains cancel. Contact details of the manager: Elissa Crowley, [email protected]

Old Jail Lane Trail Shortcut, 3 p.m. Start at Old Jail Lane, Barnstable Village and follow a section of the Cape Cod Pathways that leads through the woods, back on the sidewalks through the historic county seat. About. length: 2 km; about. time to complete: 2 hours.

Directions: From 6A or Phinney’s Lane, take Old Jail Lane to the Old Jail Lane Conservation Area car park. Contact details of the manager: Doug Payson, [email protected] or 508-737-7000.

saturday 9 october

Falcon Road Drive, West Barnstable, 8 a.m. Meet at 7.45am for an 8am departure from Jenkins Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot near Church Street. Join Mark Wirtanen on the trails traveled by indigenous peoples and early settlers 400 years ago. The route begins and ends at Jenkins Lot. 2 miles; 2 hours.

Directions: Jenkins Wildlife Reserve parking area off Church Street. It’s a small lot, so carpooling is encouraged. Contact details of the person in charge: Mark Wirtanen: [email protected]

Walk from the Santuit reserve to Cotuit, 8h Start at the trailhead with the yellow Santuit / Newtown Road gate near the Lovell’s Pond boat launch. Walk west to Santuit Pond, then north to Brackett’s Landing and Hollow Road. Go around the meadows bog, return south on the wooded upland path to the large bog. About. 2 miles.

Directions: Take Route 28 to Santuit / Newtown Road heading north. Continue for approximately 0.7 km. Park on the left side of the road. Walk Leaders: Steve Gould, [email protected], and Tracy Pratt, [email protected]

Joshua and Micah Pond Walk, Osterville, 10 a.m. Start at the Joshua Pond Beach parking lot. Join Pathways enthusiast Lev Malakhoff for an exploration of the trails around two of Barnstable’s most beautiful ponds. Discover new perspectives and archaeological and historical mysteries!

Directions: off Tower Hill Road, south of Pond Street. Moderator and contact details: Lev Malakhoff, [email protected]

Sunday October 10

New multi-use path to Nantucket Sound, Hyannis, 9 a.m. Start in front of the JFK Museum on Hyannis Main Street. Discover some hidden access points to the city’s beaches. Flat land, with a few steps in the sand on the beach. About. 2 km. and 2h. complete.

Directions: From Main Street or South Street in Hyannis, park in the city parking lot and meet in front of the JFK Museum. Manager contact information: Doug Payson, [email protected] or call 508-737-7000.

Old Neck Lane, West Barnstable, 2 p.m. Start at Cape Cod Community College parking lot # 7. This walk covers both natural history and Cape Cod history, with a typical pine / oak forest and patch of beech trees. Glacial activity has left this area with boulders. The old stone walls are remnants of Barnstable’s childhood. Hilly. About. 1 km; 1h. complete.

Directions: Head north on Route 132 from Exit 68 (formerly Exit 6) of Route 6. Turn into the entrance to Cape Cod Community College. Go to car park n ° 7. Contact information for the walker: Kris Clark, 508-776-7522

A walk through the village of Barnstable, 3 p.m. Depart from the Coast Guard Heritage Museum on Route 6A for a walk that combines the forest trails and sidewalks of Barnstable Village. Along the way, learn about Cape Town’s natural history and geology.

Directions: Route 6A to parking lot in front of Barnstable Unitarian Church. Manager contact information: Doug Payson, [email protected] or call 508-737-7000.

Monday, October 11

Hathaway Pond, Hyannis Nature Walk, 8:00 a.m. Take a leisurely nature walk around Hathaway Pond in Hyannis and West Barnstable with naturalist writer and naturalist Mary Richmond. Look for local birds and plants, and learn a bit of the history of the place. About. length: 1 km; 1-1.5 hours. complete.

Directions: Take Phinney’s Lane on the road. 132 towards the village of Barnstable. The entrance to Hathaway Pond is on the left. Host and contact details: Mary Richmond, [email protected]

Hamblin Bogs Restoration Walk, Marstons Mills, 9 a.m. Start at Bog Road and join Casey Chatelain, deputy director of the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, on a tour of a historic 1800s cranberry bog system that must be restored to natural wetlands. Learn about this unique site upstream of the Marstons Mills River, the ongoing restoration efforts and how this peatland system is an opportunity to improve water quality in the Three Bays Estuary.

Please register for this walk by emailing [email protected] Directions will be emailed to walkers upon registration. Bring sunscreen or a hat as there is little shade along the route. About. length: 1.75 miles and 1.5 hours. Walk leader and contact details: Casey Chatelain, [email protected] or 508-420-0780.


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