Saturday, December 8, 2012

Take a Hike – Maple Swamp

By John Nye Cullity

The Sandwich Conservation Trust is conducting its monthly walk this coming Sunday, December 9th, 2 PM, at the Maple Swamp Conservation Lands.  The parking lot is located off Service Road, half-way between Exits 3 and 4.

This will be just a brisk, winter walk in hopefully acceptable weather.  There are a few slopes involved, in fact we will scale the lofty summits of Sam Nye’s Mountain and South Hill, each rising about 215 magnificent feet above sea level.  

It’s always good to walk in the Maple Swamp when the leaves are down – we get a better sense of the hills and hollows.  We should even be able to see the maple swamp itself, way down in one of the big hollows. A cautionary note:  this is hunting season, and I suggest we all wear something colorful if you have it – no brown coats!

The name for this area of high woodlots – Maple Swamp, goes back over 200 years, as I have found the name in deeds and account books from that era.  

The walk will take about an hour.  Remember, colorful clothing!  If you have questions call me at (508) 888-7629.

"South Hill from the power lines, winter 1986."  John Cullity photo.

SCT Membership

If you have forgotten to renew your 2012 membership to the SCT, fear not, as you have about 3 weeks left to do so or to make a year end gift. Don’t forget, it is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE too!

Our mailing address is:

Sandwich Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 531
E. Sandwich, MA 02537