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Location: At the northern end of Town Hall parking space, through the gate and take the right-of-way path for 1500 feet or a 6 to 10 minute walk. There is a large map sign on the left. Here the trail begins. Come back the same way.
Approximate length: 3/4 mile plus round trip on right-of-way (30 minutes).
Terrain and use: Pine needle path, fine views of Bass River and the marshes. Level and intended to be used for walking, the right-of-way is sand.
Facilities: One bench.
FRESH POND CONSERVATION AREA
Location: The area consists of 27 acres acquired under the self-help program in 1968. It is 6/10 of a mile from the light at Upper County Road in Dennisport on Route 134 going south. Sign is green with white letters. There are five trails: Trails 1 an d 2 are below the parking space; Trail 3 is north from the parking space; Trail 4 should be considered abandoned Ã? its signpost is in bad repair and the trail is impassable because of fallen trees and broken bridges. Trail 5 (1/10 mile south) is beautiful woodlands; however, one should be aware of private property, wet ground and broken bridges.
Approximate length: Trail 1 is 20-30 minutes; Trail 2 is 1 minute and leads into Trail 1; Trail 3 is also very short (5 minutes) and leads into Trail 1; Trail 5 is what you want to make it.
Terrain and use: Level and for walking only. Trail is best for hiking.
Facilities: 2 picnic tables, 2 fireplaces, good parking. About half-way around the ponds, the Scouts made little handrails and bridges and cleared the land. There is also a launching area for small sail and row boats.
JOHNNY KELLEY RECREATION AREA
Location: Off Access Rd. in South Dennis across from the Highway Garage.
Approximate length: 1 1/4 miles in length and is a circular route.
Terrain and use: Level, used for walking, jogging, exercising with the use of exercise apparatus. It is a wide, sandy trail.
Facilities: Good, sandy parking, basketball court, ballfield, playground, handball court pavilion.
WHITFIELD JOHNSON NATURE TRAIL
Location: End of Forest Pines Drive off Rte. 134 in East Dennis. It is a circular trail.
Approximate length: 3/4 mile.
Terrain and use: The trail has level areas and hilly areas which can be used mostly for walking. It is a dirt trail, pine-needle covered, with very little wildlife; there could be no biking on it and very little horseback riding. It is also very narrow.
Location: At the end of Quivet Cemetery in East Dennis – end of South Street.
Approximate length: One mile to Cape Cod Bay – then up the beach 1/4 mile to a sign “Vehicle Trail” to return. About 2 1/2 miles round trip.
Terrain and use: Mostly level; dirt roads; walking, riding and hunting in season. Sandy road to beach by bearing right, except where there are stone posts; dunes and beach and marsh; start of Quivet Creek at right in the marsh. A circular trail.
ROMIG-JACQUINET & SIMPKINS NECK CONSERVATION AREA
Location: Route 6A to New Boston Road. Two houses past the Berrien Studio. On left-hand side is a small paved area; around a stand of trees is the sign and road or path going south.
Approximate length: 1 1/2 miles round trip.
Terrain and use: Wide flat road covered with pine needles; one path runs within sight of houses; another runs out to Chase Garden Marsh. Beautiful woods, quite open. Used for hiking or walking, jogging, riding.
Facilities: None. Parking for 2 cars.
SWAN POND OVERLOOK
Location: From Route 134, take Upper County Road to Searsville Road and then left on Center Street. The site is 1/2 mile on the right overlooking Swan Pond
Approximate length: 1 to 1 1/2 miles.
Terrain and use: The Swan Pond Overlook opened to the public in 1993 and is a wonderful site for watching waterfowl and other birds. The walking trails are designed in a butterfly shape with picnic facilities making up the “body” of the butterfly and trails fanning out as the “wings.” Terrain varies, with two t rails being hilly, the rest flat. No biking or horseback riding.
Facilities: Picnic areas and benches along coastal bank; fishing.