*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.


Pochet Island Hike

Date: Sunday, September 23
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Meet at the south end of the Nauset Beach Parking Lot


Details: Join OCT on a five mile (round trip) hike to Pochet Island as part of the Orleans Pond Coalition’s Celebrate Our Waters weekend. Tim Payson and Lynn O’Connell will join the group at the island’s bridge to walk the island and share the Payson family’s history, its recent restoration of the sandplain grassland habitat, and extraordinary views of ocean and bay. Hike is through loose sand and changing topography, so bring water and lunch.  Dress for ticks. Be prepared for a short wading stretch of up to eight inches of water at high tide.

Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans head east towards Nauset Beach for 1.2 miles, bear left on Beach Road, and follow for another two miles. Meet at the south end of the lot (the far end as you enter).


Kenrick Woods Conservation Area


Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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.