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
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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 
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Trails: Daily, dawn to dusk


Free, donations appreciated