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Lowell Holly Reservation — A Short Trip to Faraway

 

MASHPEE – Tiny surprises were the order of the day as we explored Lowell Holly Reservation, an undiscovered gem located on a peninsula jutting out into Mashpee-Wakeby Pond.

From what we fondly nicknamed, “Cape Cod’s tiniest beach” to a curious chipmunk, a lone fisherman dressed all in blue, and numerous perplexing forks in the trail, we found this hike to be as enjoyable as it was vexing.

Throughout the two-hour hike, we noticed numerous messages on trees, some traditional carvings—a heart with two pairs of initials—and one in particular in which a black-tipped marker was used to offer just the type of inspiration you need when you feel you may be lost in the woods, either literally or figuratively.

A quartet of bufflehead sea ducks bobbing in a tight single-file formation off shore somehow gave us comfort. As did trail markings—blue, orange, red and white—we explored them all, mostly by accident. Along the way, we enjoyed a narrow raised boardwalk that allowed us to pretend we were gymnasts, particularly in the dismount. There is also a whimsical “see-saw” boardwalk—amusing for kids or immature adults.

We finally found the path to the tip of the peninsula, Conaumet Point, just when we decided to stop looking for it and took a short video, just to prove we were there.

About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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