Old Harbor – Westport

  • Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge
  • Old Harbor Road, Westport, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°31’52.48″N, 71° 7’17.97″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 19, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.6 miles
  • Easy, however sections are muddy due to seasonal conditions.

 

After our first hike in Dartmouth, we stopped here in Westport for our second hike. Old Harbor is a large tract of wooded property with a few trails. There is also a trail that leaves the refuge onto private property which is open to the public as long as you stay on the trail. We started this hike from the parking area and followed the red trail to the left. The trail is very well marked. We passed a trail on the left that appeared unmarked. (We would end up coming out here toward the end of the hike). We choose to ignore the first left turn onto the green trail and opted to follow the red trail a little further until we reached the green trails second intersection with the red. This is where we turned onto the green trail. We then followed it a bit before turning right onto the blue trail. This trail initially was only marked with blue flagging but then the markings seem to vanish. At an area that would be best described as a clearing with an intersection we turned left on what is an old cart path. This path eventually came back out to the red trail before passing a vernal pool with several hundred, if not thousands, tadpoles. At the red trail we turned right and followed it back to the car. There is also an orange trail here that we did not hike. Along most of this hike we were entertained by several butterflies.

 

Trail map can be found at: Old Harbor.

Stream at Old Harbor

Stream at Old Harbor

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