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White Cedar Swamp

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Address: Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA

The site of Marconi's wireless transmission station.

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Eerie Break from Dunes and Beaches

Perhaps my fifth visit to this unexpected natural gem in the swampy lowlands west of Marconi beach. The trees are gnarled, many with small, stubby branches that resembled... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
John C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Perhaps my fifth visit to this unexpected natural gem in the swampy lowlands west of Marconi beach. The trees are gnarled, many with small, stubby branches that resembled Tyrannosaurus Rex arms. Most light does not make it to the forest floor so the colors and shadows are subdued. Many trees groan as the wind rubs them together. Not a place... More 

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Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun little hike and super easy. Fun to see another ecosystem along the Cape. Sure, like another reviewer said, it's nothing special if you've seen the southern swamps. However, it's neat to see this environment on Cape Cod so close to the coastal zone. If you're looking for a nice way to stretch your legs and take a break from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The well maitained boardwalk thru the white cedars is an awesome walk thru this unique swamp forest.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our walk through the swamp. There is boardwalk style paths throughout, which makes it an easy hike. The trail is not too long and it is really beautiful to see this preserved area on the seashore (very close to Marconi Wireless Station as well so you can see both in a short amount of time).

Thank taunya m
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

White Cedar Swamp is an important natural area on Cape Cod, but for anyone who has seen swamps in the southern part of the U.S. this is definitely a little brother. I grew up near the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Missouri and this huge cyprus swamp is far more unique and impactful than the white cedar swamp. If... More 

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Tenafly, New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

We have enjoyed this hike since our boys were about 5 and 8, now 17 and 20. The terrain is all beautiful, and it's an easy and relatively short hike down into the swamp and back up, though not for the disabled due to steps. There can be mosquitoes or biting flies around the lower swamp area. Would have been... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Whilst the swamp had somewhat dried up it was however a lovely cool walk on a hot day that had been nicely done with good paths and a raised walkway though the "swamp".

2 Thank Lance and Debs B
Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

In addition to some regular trails, the elevated boardwalk (wheelchair accessible!) were really cool as they wound through the swamp. Great activity for an overcast, foggy day- and even spookier!

2 Thank Rob M
Greenville, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Whenever I write a review of a walk like this I think of my niece, who was wheelchair bound. Her father would have wanted to let her experience everything possible....& although this is an easy hike for most people it would have been torture for him to maneuver her wheelchair down the log stairs. For that reason, I would caution... More 

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Arlington, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful, shady addition to a trip to Marconi Beach -- or an alternative on a cool day. The loop is a bit over a mile, and it's not entirely flat, but it's not strenuous. (Kids aged 10, 7, and 6 did fine.) The trail is part boardwalk and part pine needles. This is a trail that can... More 

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