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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.
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.