Long Walks on Cape Cod
Copyright 1996 Cape Cod Trails Conference
Little Sandy Pond and Horse Pond, West Yarmouth
USGS Maps: Dennis, Hyannis
1. Parking lot for the Sandy Pond Recreation Park
in West Yarmouth, north off Buck Island Road,
0.3 miles west of Higgins-Crowell Road.
2. Parking lot for Yarmouth Walking Trails on
Higgins-Crowell Road, just south of Mattacheese
3. Parking lot for Raymond J. Syrjala Conservation
Area on Winslow Gray Road, 0.5 mile north of
Route 28 in West Yarmouth.
This will be about a six mile walk, counterclockwise through
the West Yarmouth watershed area. Walking trails abound in the area.
Some are marked with a white wood triangle; most are not. The latter
are obviously used by local residents for dog walking, jogging, etc.
You may start at any trailhead. Trailhead 1 has more parking,
but may be restricted to Yarmouth residents during the summer.
Trailhead 2 is small. Trailhead 3 will be discussed at the end.
From Trailhead 1, walk east and north around the ball field to the
shore of Little Sandy Pond. Then follow the path around the shore
east and north. Where the trail turns west to follow the north
shore, look for a well-worn path going off to the northeast.
Follow the path for about 200 yards as it takes you to two water
pumping stations. Walk east on the road for another 200 yards to
Higgins-Crowell Road. Across the road and a little to the left is
Trailhead 2. From Trailhead 2, walk east to follow the trail heading
toward Horse Pond. Walk through an intersecting sandy track and
continue east on the foot path. Horse Pond is visible to your right.
At the next trail junction, walk east, continuing to parallel the
shore of Horse Pond. Continue east at the succeeding trail junctions,
until you come to a house in view to your right. Walk to the left,
heading due north, for about 100 yards until you come to a foot path
going east. Bassetts Lot Pond is in view to your right.
Just before you get to the end of Bassets Lot Pond, turn
north on the foot path, passing two boundary markers along the way.
The path ends in a T intersection at a wide sandy track. Walk east
on this track. You will get another glimpse of Bassetts Lot Pond to
At the top of the rise, turn south on the sand road. You will
see a bit more of Bassetts Lot Pond to the west. When you reach a
sign designating the Yarmouth Water Supply area, walk east on the
sand road. Soon you reach West Yarmouth Road.
Looking south, you will see its intersection with Buck Island
Road. Walk south along West Yarmouth Road until you come to a sand
road to your left with a sign posted by the Cranberry Bog Owners
Association. Walk east to the edge of the bog.
If the owners are not working around or in the bog, you may
walk around the perimeter to the shore of Plashes Pond to the north,
and then west and north to West Yarmouth Road again. Just south is
the track that you walked on north of Bassetts Lot Pond.
Walk west on it through the first intersection, and look for a well worn foot path going north. At the fork, take the trail to the left.
Continue walking on trails heading west until you come to a wide sandy
track. Walk northeast for about 100 yards until you reach a foot path
heading off to the left in a straight line due north.
When you come to a sandy track, walk west. At the upcoming T
intersection, walk north. Almost immediately, another wide foot path
goes to the left. Walk west on it through the next trail intersection.
A golf course is visible to your right. This track has obviously been
widened by motor bikes coming from the utility right of way, which you
Walk west on the dirt road in the right of way until you come to
Higgins-Crowell Road. You are now about three-quarters of a mile north
of Trailhead 2. Walk south briefly on Higgins-Crowell Road until you
reach the paved road to another water pumping station, just south of
the church. Walk west toward the station, then southwest on a wide
sandy track leading from the area. It passes through low stands of
pine trees, through a gate, then becomes paved as you pass a cemetery
on your right.
Continue southwest as the road becomes a track again, and then,
after crossing another sand road, narrows to a foot path. You will
be walking nearly a mile on this route. Look for a foot path coming
in from your left. If you miss it, you will shortly come out on Buck
Island Road, and can double back.
Walk east on the path. At the next fork, in about one-half mile,
turn south. Soon you will reach the shore path around Little Sandy
Pond. Walk west and south to the beach area, then walk around the ball
field to return to Trailhead 1. To return to Trailhead 2, circumnavigate Little Sandy Pond, then follow the directions at the beginning of this guide.
Beginning at Trailhead 3 adds two miles to the total distance,
and reverses the description given above. Walk north on the right
hand trail to the first junction. Walk right at the trail signs,
taking a woods road that brings you out to a large cranberry bog.
Follow the east edge of the bog to the north, and at the far
northeast corner, look for a somewhat overgrown trail leading
north. Very soon it begins to parallel a fence along the Yarmouth
Water Department property. Ahead of you will be Buck Island Road.
Cross it and take a short walk north on the dirt road ahead to the
cranberry bog below Plashes Pound.