Here is another hike 2 minutes from my house that I never tire of. There are two parking areas, one starts on a dirt road and the other a trail. This reservation is a finger stretching out into Wakeby Lake. There is one big loop the goes out the end, watch for poison ivy. I don't want to say too much except if in the area make an effort to go. The best time is sunrise/sunset. What I love about it is the lake on the right side is usually flat calm while the larger left side can have whitecaps. Canoeing/kayaking can be accessed from Rt.-130 where there is a state boat ramp. Fishing is also allowed and dogs are permitted year round but please pick up or flick the poo!!! I'm not a fan of propaganda but if you are looking to donate $ this property belongs to The Trustees of Reservations.
Exit 2 off Rt. 6 head south on Rt. 130. Continue past DD and the light at Great Neck Rd. on the left you will see the state boat ramp (for canoe/kayakers). For the trailheads take your second left after the boat ramp rd (it is just after) on S. Sandwich Rd. You are looking for a short white picket fence and a small "Y" on the left. This is the first parking option (dirt road) and you will see about 3 spots. Follow 50 feet further and there is a little sign on the left and a bigger parking lot (6 cars) this is the trail option. These trails do connect with Ryder conservation but stay on the main, wider well-used trails and you should be fine, enjoy. There is some nice swimming holes, a bench further out and a whole lot of peace.
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Posted By: ddeforestEMS
- Sat Oct 18 09:36:30 EDT 2008
UpsideNice loop with water views and great trails.
DownsideCan get crowded in the summer.
CommentI love this trail and usually save it for days off. I spend about two hours with the dog doing the whole loop. Starting in the little parking lot I head in the trail and go left to the other lot and road. We follow the road to the start of the peninsula and usually go right first. There is one possible muddy area this side but you can usually get around it walking on roots. The trail goes up and down then goes out on another small spit of land and dead ends. Back track to the mail loop and continue on stay right at the folk and head slightly up to the "head" of the peninsula with a view of Mashpee Lake. No water access as you are up high. Backtrack to the fork and continue to stay right, there is a water pull in for boats and two trail options. One from close to the boat pull in, singletrack up and over or the main one which looks like a carriage road just goes around the hill and meets with the single track just steps from the start of the loop. Instead of going back on the road you can head along the shore and before you hit the beach (closed in summer to Dogs) you head right up a short hill and eventually an intersection. Left takes you to Ryder Conservation, straight goes back to the original parking lot, and right the road I walked in on. To continue this loop route go straight on the nice up and down, twist and turn trail back to the parking lot, you will see the trail you took out on your right before the dip and big pine. (that will make sense when you are there) Enjoy this trail, go slow, take in the little scenic vistas and have fun. I do, it makes me appreciate living on the cape.