Barnstable Short Walks on Cape Cod
Our little topo map gives you an idea of this charming walk in the
and Little River sanctuaries in Cotuit, led by Farley Lewis.. You
park in either
the small lot on Putnam Avenue or on Old Post Road (T02P08). Starting
the latter, the walk goes north to circle Eagle Pond, crossing Little River
Little River Road (T02P09), to reach the north shore of the pond (T02P10-12).
Then you work your way south, staying west of Cordwood Road, which is
now developed. Crossing Old Post Road, you come to a splendid sight
of Cotuit Bay (T02P13). Reverse to circle a swamp (T02P14-16), then
to the south shore of Eagle Pond (T02P17-19). Retrace the route south
to (T02P19) and the starting point. About 3 miles.
One of the favorite short walks of the Appalachian Mountain Club has been
Harry Dombrosk, Al Johnson, Janet Kaiser, Farley Lewis, and Heidi Moss. We
also include it in our Walk the Length of Cape Cod, together with Sketch Map.
Each person has a different route through the area, therefore the waypoints
the topo map are merely schematic -- meaning you have to plan your own route.
The start is almost always from the firehouse on Meetinghouse Way (Route
just north of exit 5 from the Mid-Cape Highway. Park at the road west
triangle, north of the church, and walk north to the firehouse and around
to the rear.
At the northeast corner of the rear parking lot is a trail with a billboard
(001). This is
one entrance to the John Jenkins conservation area, but it is often called
Farm" after the 17th century church deacon who owned it.
At the fork, if you turn right, you are headed to (009), and the cemetery.
then walk to Spruce Pond via Pine St., Parker Road, and the trail to the
Sandy Hill Pond and Spruce Pond. You used to be able to cirle Spruce
the trail is overgrown. If you continued east, you would be walking that
leg of "Walk
the Length of Cape Cod", in reverse, back to exit 6 and the parking area
You can reverse to (005), circle around the cranberry bogs to (004) and (003)
return by Church St. or Pine St. More recently, though, hike leaders
taking the scenic route through the conservation lands from (001). It
to describe, but the trail is continuous after the fork, to (002). At
(003) on Parker
Rd. is another entrance to the John Jenkins area, marked by a billboard.
From there, you can return, or continue to Spruce Pond, and come back on
Carry a compass to assure your party that you are working your way to the
will eventually come out to the paved road. Your total distance may
be from 4 to 6