*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.
Woods Cove Conservation Area
Date: Friday, November 3
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Meet at 366 Tonset Road, Orleans
Details: In 1988, the Orleans Conservation Trust acquired the Woods Cove Conservation Area. The Woods Cove parcel consists of 11.6 acres of upland forest, wetland, and salt-marsh ecosystems. The property is extremely important for wildlife habitat, wildlife corridors, coastal resources, and scenic value. This half mile trail leads down to Woods Cove. Hikers can continue along the edge of the marsh to the landing at the end of Tonset Road, with views of the Nauset Inlet.
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 for 2.2 miles to trail head on left. Look for an OCT sign and an opening within a stone wall. There will be three pull-off parking spots on the side of the road. Further parking is available at the town landing at the end of Tonset Road.
Ice House/Reuben’s Pond Conservation Area
Date: Sunday, December 3
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Meet at 245 Tonset Road, Orleans
Leader: Bob Prescott, Director of MA Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary
Details: The 25 acres of land surrounding Ice House and Reuben’s Pond was donated by the Moore, Wilber, and Hopkins families. The 1.5 mile long trail winds through Pine and Oak woodlands with waterfront access to both ponds. This walk, led by Mass Audubon bird expert Bob Prescott, is held as part of the annual Cape Cod Duck Census. Dress warm and bring binoculars!
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 Tonset Road to destination on right (1.4 mi). Look for OCT kiosk and sign. Parking is along the roadside.