Exploring the Mashpee River Reservation

Mashpee River ReservationThings To Do In Cape Cod In Winter

Want to experience pristine beauty and extraordinary peace? Get out and explore the Mashpee River Reservation on Cape Cod MA.

This idyllic spot is a perfect winter attraction for hikers, cross-country skiers, bird-watchers, or for anyone who just wants to immerse themselves in peace and quiet.

A Rare Resource

Spectacular shoreline, natural spawning areas, and excellent water quality make the Mashpee River one of Massachusetts’ finest sources of rare, sea-run brook trout. Since at least 1915, spirited conservation efforts have protected this tidal river, which begins at Mashpee/Wakeby Pond and empties into Pirate’s Cove on Popponesset Bay.

For a great hike, from the Mashpee River Woodlands parking area on Quinaquisset Ave. follow the trail down to the river. Cross the Mashpee River on the “Great Bridge,” the old Rt. 28 layout, and follow the scenic old River Road down to Mashpee Woodlands West. There is a canoe/kayak take-out at the old Farley Camp.

The Reservation’s woodland and shoreline trails form a link in the Cape Cod Pathways trail system, and offer excellent opportunities for bird watching and cross-country skiing.

What To Bring

Of course, a winter hike on Cape Cod takes some skill and preparedness. Make sure you’re stocked with the following items:

  • Fleece
  • Water-proof hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • A flashlight
  • A plastic bag for trash

The Mashpee River Reservation is open year-round, every day from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free. And, if you’re hiking plan to stay at least 90 minutes.

Winter Cape Cod MA Vacation

The idea of vacationing on Cape Cod in the winter isn’t far-fetched. It’s an affordable, family-friend vacation destination – even when the region is covered in the snow! And with so many winter activities and things to do on Cape Cod – you really can’t go wrong!

Check into some Cape Cod Hotel Packages this winter and give you and your family a taste of the good life in a fun, natural, and beautiful setting.


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