Places to Explore — Cape Cod

Not sure where to start exploring? Try visiting one of our wildlife sanctuaries on Cape Cod.

Nature Center & Trails

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Barnstable
Trails: 2.5 miles

Sandy beaches, butterfly-filled meadows, woodland trails, farm animals, and gentle, varied trails lead to Barnstable Harbor flanked by the dunes of Sandy Neck Barrier Beach. Details >

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Heron perched in the marsh at sunset at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary © Terri Munson
© Terri Munson

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Wellfleet
Trails: 5 miles

Find peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands. Details >

Trails Only

Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Falmouth
Trails: 1.5 miles

Known for its 1,000 holly trees of 65 varieties, Ashumet Holly also features an eight-acre coastal plain pond, considered a globally rare natural community attracting over 30 species of dragonflies and rare pondshore wildflowers. Details >

Barnstable Great Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Egret © Bob Slott
© Bob Slott

Barnstable Great Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Barnstable
Trails: 1.5 miles

This sanctuary is part of the ecologically significant 3,800-acre Sandy Neck salt marsh and barrier beach system. Find expansive salt marsh views, two open ponds, shady oak woodlands, and numerous wildlife. Details >

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Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuary

Trail at Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuary
Trail at Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuary

Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Barnstable
Trails: 1 mile

Walk the tree-lined trails to witness nature reclaiming former mill sites, explore a fragrant atlantic white cedar swamp, and look in the waterways for migrating American Eel. Details >

No Trails

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Sampsons Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Sampsons Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Barnstable
Trails: none

Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and Common Terns nest on the island which is designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Access to the island is limited to protect nesting areas. Details >