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atlantic white cedar swamp trail wellfleet ma

Sometimes you need to take a slight detour off the beaten path and take time out to explore the beauty and history around you. That’s exactly the case when it comes to the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail in Wellfleet. This Cape Cod treasure runs a full 1.2-mile loop through some of the last standing evidence of Atlantic White Cedar on Cape Cod.

Mostly shaded, the loop gives residents and visitors a chance to explore history while becoming at one with nature’s beauty. Located at the site of the old US Army Base of Camp Wellfleet, the location once served an important role in history. Some estimate the trees began growing about 5,000 years ago in the swampland left over from when the glaciers began to retreat.

The exploration of the New World,

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With scenic views, trails and bicycle paths, Marconi Beach offers a unique location in Wellfleet.  One of the area’s main attractions, Marconi offers a visitor fabulous views of the Outer Cape, along with the bay and ocean.  One of the best places to do it is from the Marconi Station observation platform.

Other options in the area include taking the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail.  This mile-and-a-half nature trail goes down into a swampy area, home of red maple and Atlantic white cedar trees.  You can also expect to be treated with a number of different plants, including stunted pitch pines and bear oak, heathlands, taller pitch pines and white cedar-red maples.

If you choose to take on the outer beach, make note of its extremely steep stairs

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