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

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