The Trails of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Naturalist Guided Family Field Walks are held weekdays at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, from June through August. Sunday Field Walks are held at noon from June through September. Free with museum admission.
JOHN WING TRAIL (1.3 miles) is our most popular field walk. It passes through coastal pitch pine woodlands, across a salt marsh, to Wing’s Island and finally descends through a salt marsh swale to the barrier beach and tidal pools of Cape Cod Bay. This is truly a microcosm of the Cape’s landscape.
A Museum naturalist guide will point out many of the interesting ecological features and explain the natural and human developments that have shaped our fragile land from geological times to the present. The tidal flats and creeks are home to a variety of fish, crabs, shellfish, worms, horseshoe crabs and snails as well as many seaside plants, grasses and trees. For a close-up view of this habitat please check out our Mudflat Mania! schedule held during the summer.
THE LEE BALDWIN TRAIL (1 mile) starts across Route 6A on Museum land that meanders through the famous Stony Brook Valley. It travels through a brackish salt marsh across the Stony Brook into a unique beech forest. Our naturalist guides will point out major plant species in the imcreasingly freshwater habitat.
HERRING RUN Between mid-April and early-June, Stony Brook becomes a herring run, connecting these ocean-dwelling alewives with their freshwater spawning grounds.
No dogs are allowed on Museum property, year round! Please use Drummer Boy parking and use the public trail access, 50 feet west of our mailbox on 6A, to walk your leashed dog on the public trail, October 1st to April 30th. No dogs are allowed on the trails between May 1st and September 30th.
FIELD TRIP LOGISTICS FOR GROUPS RESERVATIONS. Reservations are required for all school and adult groups requesting field guides for the trails. Please call (508)896-3867.