Child’s River Conservation Area
From the Mashpee Rotary, take Route 151 and turn left onto Old Barnstable Road. Go 0.6 miles, past Leatherleaf Lane, to dirt road on left at bottom of hill. Look for Conservation Commission sign. Park on side of dirt road.
Jehu Pond Conservation Area
The majority of this 77.6 acre property was bought in March 1997 from the Bufflehead Bay Nominee Trust; at the same time an adjacent 280 acres were purchased by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as part of the Mashpee Wildlife Refuge. Combined properties include extensive pine/oak woodlands, salt and freshwater marshes, two islands, freshwater stream, abandoned cranberry bogs, at least one vernal pool and Atlantic white cedar swamps crossed by 4.27 miles of woods, roads and walking trails. From Mashpee rotary, take Great Neck Road South to Green Oak Rd. Follow 1.3 miles towards South Cape Beach to Conservation area sign and parking area on right.
John’s Pond Park Conservation Area
The 317-acre freshwater pond is surrounded by a 258 acre town conservation area of abandoned cranberry bogs, 17 acre Moody Pond and over 4 miles of walking trails and bog roads. Seasonal toilet facilities, picnic tables and grills. Beach supervised by lifeguards in summer. From Mashpee Rotary, take Route 151 past Falmouth town line, right turn onto Currier Road (just past Fairgrounds). Turn right onto Hoppole Road, follow past Ashmut Holly Res. 1.2 miles to stop sign at end of road, then right onto Back Road through the Otis Trailer Village/Campground to Town Beach parking area at end of road.
Lowell Holly Reservation
Located on a peninsula between Mashpee and Wakeby Ponds with over two miles of shore-line and stands of American Beech, holly, white pines and rhododendrons. Includes 1.5 miles of walking trails, picnic tables and small swimming beach (no lifeguard). From Route 130, take S. Sandwich Road and follow to Reservation parking areas on left. Old parking area is at end of dirt road on left at Sandwich town line; 0.7 miles (look for “carpe diem” sign). New parking area is directly on S. Sandwich Road 0.8 miles (look for “Trustees of Reservations” sing).
Mashpee River Woodlands
More than 8 miles of maintained trails and wood roads through 391 acres of conservation land along the Mashpee River. With white pine forests, salt and fresh water marshes and abandoned cranberry bogs, this area is popular for fishing, canoeing and bird watching. Canoe access to the river is from the public landing at the end of Mashpee Neck Road. For Woodlands South: From the Mashpee Rotary, take Route 28 towards Hyannis. Take first right onto Quinaquisset Avenue, then right onto Mashpee Neck Road, South parking area is 1.1 miles on right at Conservation Area sign. For Woodlands North: From Mashpee Rotary, take Route 28 towards Hyannis, take the first right onto Quinaquisset Ave. Parking area is off Quinaquisset Ave on the right. For Woodlands West: From the Mashpee Rotary, take Great Neck Road South 1.1 miles, turn left onto River Road. Park at end of paved road.
Quashnet River Area
A number of town and state agencies own a total of 440 acres of conservation lands along the Quashnet River between the Mashpee High School on Rt 152 and Martin Rd., just south of the town line in Falmouth. In addition to 4.75 miles of old woods roads on the property, a new 2.5 mile trail loop was added along the river north from Martin Rd. which offers an opportunity to view the fascinating trout stream restoration effort undertaken in recent years by the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Trout fishing is catch-and-release only. From the Mashpee rotary, take Rt 28 towards Falmouth for 2.1 miles. Right onto Martin Rd. Park at dirt road on right (do not block gate).
South Cape Beach State Park
In addition to its 3.5 miles of ocean and bay beaches, sand dunes, coastal ponds and salt marches, the park maintains the 0.8 mile Great Flat Pond Trail, extending through coastal forests and marshes. Also over 3 miles of sand roads for hiking. From the Mashpee rotary, take Great Neck Road South to Great Oak Road. Follow to State Park sign and turn left into park. Meet at the Town Beach parking area at end of paved road. Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 149 Waquoit Highway, Rt 28 Falmouth. Free parking passes are available for Massachusetts residents ages 62 or older at the Waquoit Bay Visitor Center. Good for all MA state beaches and parks.
South Mashpee Pine Barrens
Over 300 acres of rare pine barrens, Atlantic White Cedar swamps, shrub swaps and mixed forests, providing a unique nature study. For access to the 3.8 miles of trails and sand roads, take Great Neck Road South 1.5 miles from the Mashpee rotary. Right onto the first road opposite Punkhorn Point road and Old Dock Lane. Park in open area on left.
Walking trails. (Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve, 508-457-0495 www.waquoitbayreserve.org)