Springtime Exploration at the Mashpee River Reservation
When spring finally kicks into high gear on Cape Cod, locals and vacationers can’t wait to venture out and explore all the region has to offer. One of the best Cape Cod spots for hiking, bird-watching, and peaceful wandering is the Mashpee River Reservation.
The reservation is a rare piece of Cape Cod that features spectacular shoreline and natural spawning areas. Excellent water quality also makes 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.
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.
Cape Cod Hotel Vacation Packages
The idea of vacationing on Cape Cod in early spring isn’t far-fetched. It’s an affordable, family-friend vacation destination – even when there are a few flakes of snow still on the ground. 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 Vacation Packages this spring and give you and your family a taste of the good life in a fun, natural, and beautiful setting.