April 13, 2023
Spring is the time to get outdoors and get active. Walking around in the sunshine and breathing in fresh air is a sure way to shake off those winter blahs. The South Shore happens to have an abundance of outdoor fun that is perfect for spring.
Currently, 28% of Plymouth County’s 65,000 acres is designated protected open space. This makes it a gorgeous area to go for a walk or a hike. This is why you should throw on a sweater, some good shoes, and hit Plymouth’s trails. Be sure to bring a camera and some binoculars so you can spy birds returning to their nesting grounds or wildlife waking up from hibernation.
You’ll find a wide variety of trails for all levels of hiking experience and ability in Plymouth. Planning out a beautiful weekend to explore them will give you a new appreciation for the area and can be a great family activity. Just remember to clean up any trash from your packed lunch to keep the trails beautiful for the next group of hikers. Take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Nature lovers should make time in their schedule to visit the Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth. This former cranberry farm underwent New England’s largest restoration project to turn it into a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. It has three miles of public trails that are open daily from dawn until dusk, including an accessible trail.
Tidmarsh hosts a dozen ecological zones which has promoted spectacular biodiversity. Keen eyes have documented a wide variety of species, including 600 plants, 200 birds, 50 butterflies, 25 dragonflies, 17 mammals, and seventeen reptiles and amphibians. If you’re lucky, you might even spy the popular otters swimming around in the streams and ponds or identify a rare plant as you explore the woodlands.
Since its founding in 2001, the Wareham Land Trust has conserved over 680 acres of open space. While this land is all protected, much is still accessible to the public through designated walking trails. They’re ideal for a spring walk and for viewing wildlife, and will help you develop an appreciation for why nature must be preserved.
Don’t think it’s just walking trails, however. If you check their calendar of events, you’ll find more outdoor fun. From special Earth Day events to guided bird walks, they have an abundance of activities you can partake in. It’s a fantastic way to spend a spring day and you could learn something new from the local nature experts.
Outdoor fun is everywhere this spring when you visit the South Shore. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, plan your day carefully, and have plans for a hearty dinner after a full day of outdoor activities.