Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
4.5
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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moconnie
27 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We loved our hike of the beach loop and had the beach to ourselves on a recent weekday morning.
Allen’s Pond has three different locations each with parking. You could take a different hike each day for a week. Enjoy.
Written October 18, 2022
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hayleyhibbert
Houston, TX121 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Allen's Pond is one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the pleasure of hiking. I can't believe an attraction this gorgeous is absolutely free to explore, especially considering that every junky campsite I've ever been to had at least a nominal daily rate.

There are two trails here - one beach trail and one wooded trail. They are equally scenic, but the beach trail is a much easier walk than the wooded trail. The beach trail has gorgeous views of the water is a generally easy stroll, though there are times when you will need to step over large rocks and boulders. The wooded trail, however, is a tad more treacherous. The wooded trail is somewhat narrow and can be a bit overgrown at points, depending on the season (in the middle of August the plants were starting to spill out on the trail, and some light bushwhacking/karate chopping was necessary at times in order to pass). There is also more legitimate "hiking" required in the wooded trail, though nothing that would leave you breathless or sore afterwards, provided you are in decent shape. There were also plenty of bugs in the wooded trail, and virtually none on the beach.

For anyone with knee/joint problems, I would suggest sticking to the beach trail. With that said, you can still view Allen's Pond without entering into the wooden trail. There is a beautiful view of cattails and marsh from the end of the beach trail, just at the wooded trail's entrance. We only allotted 2 hours for the trails, but we probably could have used at least 2 more. We did the beach then hit the wooded trail but had to turn around at the Treetop View since we were running low on time.

I can't wait to come back here and spend at least half a day hiking, and make sure I leave some extra time for post-hike relaxing on the beach. It would make a great date spot, too, during the daytime or as the sun is setting. Just pack yourself a picnic, and enjoy the lovely views! Alternatively, you could have a nice New England lunch or dinner at The Bayside, which is located right across the street from the trail entrance... just something to consider!

A couple of final tips: Unfortunately dogs are not allowed here, leashed or otherwise, as their presence could disturb the nesting birds. Don't wear your nicest sneakers as they may get wet and muddy, but wellies/boots would be overdoing it. Sunscreen and bug spray are a must, too, and maybe even a hat (assuming you are of the special people who looks good in a hat... I am not so lucky). Don't forget to check for ticks when you get home! :)
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Written September 16, 2014
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Emily C
Grafton, MA59 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
I have been going to Horseneck beach for years, then last year for the first time, I realized that this wildlife sanctuary was right up the street from it. Since then I have been here, a few times. Now, when I have time after going to Horseneck Beach I will hike on some of the trails at Allen's Pond. whenever I go, I always see lots of wildlife, often seeing many rare or unusual species such as a Hudsonian Godwit, a Praying Mantis and Common Eiders among others.

Trails go across some scenic areas including a marsh, pastureland and beach, among others. You can also get great views of Buzzards Bay and the Elizabeth Islands. If you like wildlife and you are in the area, definitely check this place out.
Written September 26, 2014
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SLRS5
Cambridge, MA193 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
OK, I love must bird sanctuaries. But one on such beautiful terrain and overlooking the ocean…. heaven. I appreciate how the current director is developing the programming, especially the work it does with the ospreys. I hope that there will be continued (and increased) support so this can grow, I am not down in Westport on a regular schedule. But when I retire I hope to volunteer there so that I can learn more and help Allens Point thrive.
Written July 9, 2014
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GardenLadyWestport
Westport20 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
There are many trails to walk on at this location. Open fields are great for seeing small birds, hawks, large swans and ospreys. the woodland trails are where other types of birds are seen, and there is one that goes down to the beach. All are easy to walk and well maintained parking is available in lot on Horseneck rd.
Written May 19, 2016
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David W
Dartmouth, MA89 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Great nature walk around the pond. Some of the best birding in the area, from redwing blackbirds to ospreys. Parking at the trail entrance or the beach is limited especially on nice weekends.
Written May 6, 2016
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NS131126
Osterville, MA62 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Nice walking trails and well kept. Pretty tranquil surroundings whether you are on the beach area or the trails. Worth a trip.
Written May 24, 2015
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Coral G
Westport, MA241 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
Allen's Pond is a wildlife area along the ocean near Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA. It's a terrific place to visit. There are all sorts of trails to follow --- along the ocean, around ponds, through fields, and a combination of all three. Butterflies fly by. There are all sorts of birds flying around, as well. One of the ponds has lovely swans. Bunnies are everywhere. There are also gardens near the visitor's center. Lots is information about the flora and fauna can be found at the parking area and inside the visitor's center. An annual duck race is held and the winner can choose lunch anywhere in the world. When walking through the grasses, it is important to wear long pants, because ticks are found here.
Written August 31, 2014
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821Bee
Taunton, MA99 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
"Spanning hundreds of acres of protected beach, fields, woodlands, pond, and marsh, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary was created by generous families who opted to conserve their land. Extensive trail systems offer ocean and pond views from many vantage points and afford visitors a full day of walking and birding.

Acres

611

Trail Mileage

7 miles

Sanctuary Highlights
•Three trailheads to begin an adventure: one on Allens Neck Road, one at 786 E. Horseneck Road, and one at the Field Station on Horseneck Road.
•More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here, including piping plovers, which nest on the 1.5 mile stretch of coastal beach.
•An agricultural landscape of wide open fields crisscrossed by stone walls and maintained through partnerships with local farmers.
•Rare butterflies in the butterfly garden and the sounds of chorusing toads and frogs in the vernal pools.
•Seasonal programs and year-round volunteer and citizen science projects, conducted at the historic 1860s-era Stone Barn.
•Managing the South Coast Osprey Project, in which we annually monitor the breeding activity of 80 pairs of osprey on nearly 100 nesting platforms in Westport and Dartmouth, MA."
Written July 4, 2014
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lighthouselady63
Boston, Massachusetts327 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
My fiancé and I had a fabulous day exploring around Westport. Who knew there's a whole lot more to this coastal community than the famous Horse Neck Beach? We enjoyed a beautiful late summer day hiking the trails around Allens Pond. Although it was a warm day, best to wear long pants as there's lots of scratchy bushes. Yet the natural beauty contrasting with farm land is truly amazing. And yes the abundant varieties of birds make it extra special. A great place to get way for awhile. The Beach Loop is very nice. Best views of Buzzards Bay! Or just kick back along the quiet seashore...away from the touristy Horse Neck Beach. Take the time to see it all. Photo ops abound so bring your camera and be surprised.
Written August 26, 2013
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