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Spring at Marconi’s Atlantic White Cedar Swamp in Wellfleet

Written by Laura M. Reckford

WELLFLEET – There may be no more diverse habitats in such close proximity on Cape Cod than at the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp near Marconi Beach.

One minute you are looking out over a 75-foot dune at miles of Cape Cod National Seashore beach. But a short walk down a nearby path will bring you to an otherworldly rare swamp environment where a boardwalk snakes through a primordial forest.

The one-mile trail passes by low scrubby bushy plants like broom crowberry and black huckleberry, before entering the swamp where the Atlantic White Cedar trees compete with red maples and white oaks.

On a recent sunny blue sky day, the swamp trail was eerily quiet as bands of reddish water and mossy tree trunks were speckled with occasional rays of sunlight that managed to sneak through the forested canopy of the swamp.

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About the author

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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