*Please note that our walks will be cancelled in adverse weather, including heavy snow and thunderstorms. We do our best to announce cancellations well ahead of time via email and our facebook page.
Kent’s Point Conservation Area
Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 9:00–10:30 am
Location: Meet at the town parking lot at the end of Frost Fish Lane, Orleans
Details: A 1.5 mile walk along undeveloped shoreline, fronting Lonnie’s Pond, Little Pleasant Bay and Frost Fish Creek. The main trail to the former Kent house site goes up the center of the property leading to a boardwalk overlooking The River and the northern portion of Pleasant Bay. Frost Fish cove is frequented by herons and other waterbirds.
Directions: From Orleans center, head east on Main Street towards Nauset Beach and turn right on Monument Road. Turn left after about half a mile onto Frost Fish Lane. Follow signs to Kent’s Point.
Kayak to Little Sipson’s Island
Date: Tuesday, August 29
Time: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Meet at Town Landing, end of Quanset Road, South Orleans
Leader: Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary staff
Details: Paddle a total of 2 miles to and from Little Sipson’s Island Conservation Area—one of our most popular outings, led by Mass Audubon staff. Pack snacks or a small lunch and water. Please bring your own watercraft if possible (only a limited number of kayaks are available). Advance registration required – only 20 spots available.
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans, follow MA Route 28 towards Chatham for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Quanset Road and veer right at the Y to stay on the road. Follow Quanset Road to the town landing at the end.
Grassy Knoll Conservation Area
Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 10:00–11:30 am
Location: Meet at 60 Champlain Road, Orleans
Details: A 1.5-mile walk through an early succession habitat, then along the shores of Nauset Harbor.
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans, drive east on Main Street (.4 mi) towards Nauset Beach. Turn left on Tonset Rd. at the lights and follow to Hopkins Lane where you will take a slight right (.5). Continue to Brick Hill Rd and bear left (1 mi), take a slight right on Champlain Rd. Continue to 60 Champlain Rd. (look for OCT sign), parking on side of road along OCT conservation property.
Hike to Pochet Island
Date: Sunday, September 17
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Meet at Nauset Beach, the southern ORV trailhead
Details: Part of Orleans Pond Coalition’s “Celebrate Our Waters” Weekend, this co-sponsored walk is about 5 miles, including strenuous portions over soft sand. Bring water and lunch. Registration required through OPC.
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans, drive east on Main Street (.4 mi) towards Nauset Beach. Continue onto Beach Road, following to the Nauset Beach entrance at the end of the road. Turn right into the Nauset Beach parking lot and continue to the end, where the ORV trailhead starts.
Kenrick Woods Conservation Area
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Meet at 35 Namequoit Road, South Orleans
Details: Between 2002 and 2007, the Town of Orleans acquired three contiguous parcels totaling 46 acres of woodland bounded by John Kenrick Road, Route 28, and Namequoit Road for conservation and recreation in South Orleans. These parcels are collectively known as the John Kenrick Woods Conservation Area, an integral part of an extensive greenbelt covering more than 600 acres on the lower Cape. The area is part of the watershed contributing to Areys Pond, which connects to Pleasant Bay. The original South Orleans General Store was located on the Kenrick farmstead. While the majority of the existing 1-mile long trail is flat, hikers will find a few steep trail sections.
This parcel is best described as a white pine–oak forest with white pines predominating. The tall, straight lumber from Kenrick Woods was coveted for flagpoles as well as spars and planks for sailing vessels of the 1800s. Interestingly, more than 75 American chestnuts can also be found on site. According to the American Chestnut Foundation, this is the only location in Massachusetts where chestnuts are reproducing.
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street Orleans head south on Rt. 28 towards Chatham (1.7 miles). Take a left onto Namequoit Road and follow for .3 miles to trail head on right.