Living on Cape Cod means we are always surrounded by natural beauty, which locals try not to take for granted. Which is why as soon as the spring hits, we love to visit the special spots that offer a bit of wonder, a chance to pause, as well as some environmental education. Tucked away on a narrow road off Old King’s Highway (Route 6A) Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is one such spot.
The 110 acres and 2.5 miles of trails like the Beck Family Trail and Restored Wetlands and the Butterfly Mosaic Trail give you a taste of the woods, salt marsh, fields, freshwater wetlands, and sandy beaches that are all representative of the diverse ecosystems one finds in the area, and each offering their own living classroom to learn about the Cape’s flora and fauna.
Arriving at Long Pasture, you come upon an unassuming house that serves as the Sanctuary’s offices and educational center. But when you walk around back and head to the Marsh Boardwalk, the view will take your breath away, as you take in the sights of Barnstable Harbor and the dunes of the Sandy Neck Barrier Beach.
Long Pasture is open to the public 365 days a year, so you can meander the grounds any time you want. You can also participate in any one of the programs they offer like guided walks, kayak tours of the coastal waterways, natural history lectures, boat cruises and family nature programs. Even on a gray day the beaches, meadows, woodland trails, and the occasional farm animal make Long Pasture a place worth visiting.