About Great Neck

Box turtle © Richard Johnson

Nearly all of this property was designated a priority habitat of state-listed rare species, which is why Mass Audubon collaborated with public and private conservation organizations, as well as private landowners, to protect and manage this sanctuary.

Wandering through pine forest on old carriage roads and deer paths, you may encounter a roosting Great Horned Owl or a wading heron at the marsh edge.


Stockton Shortcut, Wareham, MA 
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Hours & Admission

Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk
Free, donations appreciated





Trail Mileage

4 miles
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Trails that crisscross a network of protected forestland, where access is provided through the generosity of private landowners.
  • View of marsh and Cape Cod Canal at Osprey Overlook, where a pair of Ospreys may be seen providing for their brood during spring and summer.
  • A large glacial erratic, a massive boulder deposited here by glaciers in the distant past.
  • Programs offered through Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

Property Regulations

All of the land at our wildlife sanctuaries is protected. By conserving these open spaces, Mass Audubon, along with our members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts.  

  • No dog walking or horseback riding; please leave all animals and pets at home (service animals welcome
  • No walking off trail  
  • No collecting or picking natural items.  
  • No bike riding or operating motorized vehicles; day passes are available for powered mobility devices   
  • No running, swimming, or camping 
  • No operating drones or other remote-controlled vehicles   
  • No fishing, hunting, trapping, or releasing of animals   
  • No feeding wildlife   
  • No smoking