“When I was still new to Orleans and a part-time resident, I was thrilled to discover the wonderful trails OCT maintains on its properties. OCT introduced me to areas I would not have otherwise seen through wonderful guided walks in places like Woods Cove, Reuben’s Pond, and Twining’s Pond. We’re lucky that these beautiful places are being preserved forever.”
—OCT member Jamie Demas
The walkable open spaces of Orleans are owned and managed by Orleans Conservation Trust or the Town of Orleans. Click the Locator Map to view a map of the town showing each conservation area and its jurisdiction. The map also shows other walkable areas such as public beaches.
For details about each of the 13 established conservation areas, click on their names below. This takes you to a page where you’ll find a general description of the area, its trails and how to access them, a trail map, and some history of the land.
Each trail offers a unique experience: whether it’s walking through woodlands once used by the Monomoyick Tribe, along pristine shorelines with breathtaking views, or on pathways encircling freshwater ponds, with homes just out of sight. The Trust leads guided walks on all these trails and works to help educate the public about both OCT and non-OCT lands.
Whether heading out on your own or joining one of our walks, be sure to observe the generally accepted rules for walking in public places. Please review our policy for bringing dogs on OCT land and the Town of Orleans regulations. Trail markers on trees will guide you on most OCT trails, and it’s always a good idea to carry a trail map—you’ll find printable maps on the page for each area.