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Description: Hike through Marconi Wireless site, along cliffs and woodlands to White Cedar Swamp trail

Place to Meet:  Meet at White Cedar Swamp parking lot, Marconi site, Wellfleet

Driving/Parking Directions:  Turn off Route 6 at Marconi light. Take first left
past NPS Headquarters building to end of road

Beach/Parking: Resident permit may be required during the Summer months

Start: (note: underlined words have links to pictures)

  • Walk towards cliffs and gazebo, then turn LEFT just before the fence

  • Take next LEFT at fork and head to top of dunes
  • Walk north along dunes.  Enjoy the view of ocean

  • Take first LEFT heading WEST to a main intersection
  • Bear LEFT (south) and go approx. 200’ and go RIGHT to White Cedar Swam entrance
  • Walk the circular boardwalk through the swamp area
  • When you return to main path, go LEFT and walk north toward LeCount Hollow Rd
  • Bear LEFT at ‘Y’ and continue north on Wireless Rd. Stay on main fire road
  • Go LEFT on LeCount Hollow Rd to power lines and go RIGHT up the sand hill to dirt road
  • After 200’ or so (near pole #93 to left), turn RIGHT onto trail; go down & then up to trail intersection and bear LEFT
  • At ‘Y’ intersection bear LEFT again
  • At ‘Y’ intersection bear LEFT for shorter walk or:
  • (Option: bear RIGHT here for longer walk. Path will eventually come out on power line, north of where the shorter route does)
  • For shorter walk, at ‘Y’ intersection bear LEFT again
  • For both routes, cross under power line between poles #94 and #95, continue to Old Kings Highway (a dirt road)
  • Turn LEFT on Old Kings Highway, walk until you cross LeCount Hollow Rd again, go through Rail Trail parking lot. (heading SOUTH)
  • Once Rail Trail crosses Blackfish Creek, turn LEFT near cement rest area to top of hill
  • Turn RIGHT on fire road parallel to Rail Trail, go RIGHT to Cemetery (John Taylor grave site with flag that was George Washington’s lifeguard)
  • Back out to road and continue STRAIGHT under power line, heading due EAST (will need to go through a split rail fence)
  • Cross fire road to trail continuation –a little jog to the RIGHT. From here to end head EAST
  • In 200’ or so, turn LEFT at intersection right to trailhead parking lot.

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#11 Revised 01/07/2012