Total Trail Length: less than a mile
Parking: 174 Quanset Road, South Orleans
Conservation History and Importance:
The Meadow Bog Pond Conservation Area in South Orleans comprises two acquisitions: a 1993 gift by Rachia Heyelman of 1.8 acres and a joint purchase of 6.6 acres in 2006 by OCT and the Town of Orleans, using Community Preservation Act funds. This land serves as a crucial wildlife corridor, linking 115 acres of protected land while simultaneously protecting the shores and water quality of two freshwater ponds: Sarah’s and Meadow Bog Ponds. It is valuable habitat for rare plants and animals, such as the sharp-shinned hawk, Eastern box turtle, and pink lady’s slipper. This trail is just under 1-mile in length and contains a number of steep hills.
From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans, follow MA-Route 28 toward Chatham for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Quanset Rd and veer right at the Y to stay on the road. Follow Quanset road to trail head on left (1.2mi). There is a 1-2 car designated parking area on the corner, or you can park at the Town Landing 200 yards farther down the road on the right.