About Barnstable Great Marsh

Egret © Bob Slott
© Bob Slott

Barnstable Great Marsh is an integral part of the ecologically significant 3,800-acre Sandy Neck salt marsh and barrier beach system. Along with the expansive salt marsh views, the sanctuary features two open ponds, shady oak woodlands, and numerous wildlife. Three species of owls commonly inhabit the sanctuary in winter, and five species of turtles nest here in summer.

Acres

113

Trail Mileage

1.5

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Coastal overlook for spectacular views of the Barnstable Harbor and Sandy Neck Barrier Beach.
  • Home to numerous groundnesting birds including northern harrier, American woodcock, saltmarsh sparrow, and willet.
  • Please exercise caution at unsignalized railroad crossing