About Skunknett River

Skunknett River stream vegetation (Photo: Rosemary Mosco)
Skunknett River stream vegetation

Walking the tree-lined trails at Skunknett River, you can witness nature reclaiming former mill sites and explore a fragrant Atlantic White Cedar swamp.

The name "Skunknett" comes from an Algonquin word that means "a fishing place for eel." Indeed, American Eels may be seen in the sanctuary’s waterways.



Trail Mileage

1 mile

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Peaceful views of West Pond from the Overlook Trail.
  • Excellent location for spotting Black-crowned Night-Herons, Ospreys, and migrating ducks.
  • Three historic mill sites and abandoned cranberry bogs.
  • Springtime chorusing frogs in vernal pools.


Bumps River Road, Barnstable, MA Get Directions >
Managed by Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary


Trails: Daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated