Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Waseeka Pond with Tree Fall Foliage and blue sky
Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary, Hopkinton

Trails at Waseeka

Explore 1 mile of trails at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary, including the Sassafras Trail where you can see great views of the pond wildlife. Look for osprey nesting above the pond from mid-spring to early fall. Trails off the Cart Path are marked with blue or yellow disks. Blue leads away from the road and yellow returns. 

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Digital Trail Map

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Downloadable Trail Map

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Trail Descriptions

Cart Path to Dam

Follow the road leading from the parking area to access the side trails. The road ends at the dam where there are expansive views of the pond. Look for the bulky stick osprey nest in a dead tree in the middle of the pond. Great blue heron nests can be seen on the far side of the pond and kingfishers frequently hunt along the pond edge. Sundews, small carnivorous plants, can be seen on logs below the dam. Look for shiny red droplets, sticky for capturing insects.  

Sassafras Trail

This trail begins and ends on the Cart Path, so you can choose your starting point. Look for the sassafras trees the trail is named for. In some locations you will have views of the pond and beaver activity. Pileated woodpeckers and brown creepers have nested just off this trail. If you want to take a shorter walk look for the Link Trail and follow the yellow disks back.

Pitch Pine Trail 

A short trail that also loops back to the road. Note the Pitch Pines, which have short blunt cones and three needles. This is the typical coniferous tree found on Cape Cod and in other dry, sandy soils.