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Allens Pond West – Dartmouth

  • Allens Pond West
  • Horseneck Road, Dartmouth, MA
  • Trailhead:  41°30’24.53″N, 71° 1’25.18″W
  • Last Time Hiked: May 1, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.6 miles
  • Fairly easy trails with rocky beach walk.

                                                                            

Allens Pond is a Masachusetts Audubon property along Buzzards Bay. The property offers 6 to 7 miles of trails. It is a diverse and beautiful property offering several types of features from beaches to fields to woodlands. With that being said, I have decided to break the property into three separate hikes to maximize visiting all of the trails without having an overwhelming hike distance. This hike, the third, covers the western portion of the property. Starting from the Field Station parking area stay to the left and follow the grass mowed trail towards an opening in a stone wall. The trail crosses through another grass field before coming to a dirt road. Turn left here and almost immediately you will be turning right passing an open gate. You are now on the Quansett Trail. You start getting your first glimpses of Allens Pond on the right. Ahead you will cross a stone wall. Here a rather extensive boardwalk begins. The first highlight is a viewing area to the right. The second, just after the bend is a bridge that crosses over a marshy area. The trail, back on land now, traverses through thickets, pass boulders and more stone walls before coming to a stretch of “stepping stones”. At the next intersection there is a distinctive boulder. Stay to the left here and continue following the Quansett Trail. You will cross a small brook before coming to the Tree Top Trail. Again bear to the left and continue on he Quansett Trail. You will come upon more boulders and a “stretch of green” featuring skunk cabbage and fiddleheads in early spring. For this hike, turn right at the next intersection onto the Fresh Pond Trail. (The Quansett Trail continues ahead here into the central part of the property.) Along the trail to the left is a spur to Poison Ivy Rock. There is a nice view of the cove here and a good spot to take a break. I did not see any poison ivy! Continuing along the Fresh Pond Trail you will soon come to the trails namesake on the right. Look for nesting swans and geese here along with several other birds. The trail then turns to the right passing a sitting area before coming to the “stone bridge”. Here you will get another glimpse of Fresh Pond to the right. After crossing the bridge the trail ends in a bit completing a loop. Turn left back onto the Quansett Trail, passing the stepping stones, boardwalks, and to the dirt road. Turn left onto the dirt road and follow it about a tenth of a mile to an area with sweeping views of Allens Pond. Look for osprey atop the pole, herons, and egrets. There will be a information kiosk on the right with a sandy path. Follow this path to the rocky beach. At the beach you will see the Elizabeth Islands in the distance. On a clear day you may be able to make out the Gosnald Tower near the end of Cuttyhunk, the island to the right. Turn right onto the beach and follow it to the large outcrop. The trail then climbs over the outcrop coming back down the other side to another rocky beach. After the zigzagged stone walls to the right the trail turns to the right coming into a grass field. From here follow the grass mowed path to the parking area. Check out the Bayside Restaurant across the street for their blueberry pie!!

 

 

Map can be found at: Allens Pond West

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Stone Walls and Boardwalks

Oak Knoll – Attleboro

  • Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Park Street, Attleboro, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°54’53.93″N, 71°15’28.53″W
  • First Time Hiked: June 17, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: January 1, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.4 miles
  • Easy.

Oak Knoll is a Massachusetts Audubon Society property that offers about one and a half miles of trails. There are two loops connected by the main trail. The first, the Puddingstone Loop, winds through an area of oaks and stone walls. The second loop wraps around the shores of Lake Talaquega, a haven for local birds including ducks and geese. The lake in summer months tends to filled with lily pads. The main trail runs from the parking area back to the pond passing over a Thacher Brook and through an area of swamp dominated by red maples. The main trail has several sections of boardwalks through the swampy areas. The property also offers a small meadow, a marsh, and a visitors center.

Trail map can be found at: Oak Knoll

Lake Talaquega

Lake Talaquega

Attleboro Springs – Attleboro

 

Starting at a small parking area at the end of the entrance road to La Salette Shrine a trail leads into the meadow. Soon you will come across the trail that is marked with blue circles. Follow that to the Esker Loop. Then follow the yellow circle trail back to the Piggery Path which leads back to the meadow. Photographers have been known to visit this spot to capture birds on film. Next, check out the Oak Forest Trail also marked in blue until after the boardwalk. The trail is then marked yellow the remainder of the way. The Oak Forest Trail gets quite narrow in places and can be buggy, but it is a beautiful trail nonetheless. Turn right at the Reflection Trail to visit Brothers Pond, the Puddingstone, and the Room of Oaks before heading back to the car. Here you will likely come across several species of birds, a handful of squirrels, rabbits, and frogs along the pond.

Trail map can be found at: Attleboro Springs

Trail At Attleboro Springs

Trail At Attleboro Springs