Tucked into a quiet corner of Planting Island Cove, Howland Marsh features 9 acres of serene forest and salt marsh to explore. A boardwalk leads into the marsh, providing an intimate view that birders and nature photographers will love. Come here in the late afternoon to catch a gorgeous sunset over the marsh.
From the roadside trailhead, walk a short distance through the fern-filled forest until you reach the edge of the salt marsh. The trail ends at a wide boardwalk that allows you to get an up-close look at the marsh’s plants and animals. It’s a quick, 10-minute round trip, but one that’s loaded with delightful natural scenery. (Download trail map)
Habitats & Wildlife
Salt marshes are one of Buzzards Bay’s most productive and valuable habitats, which makes Howland Marsh a refuge for wildlife of all kinds. Look for birds such as oystercatchers, great blue heron, and ospreys hunting for fish and shellfish. Low tide reveals quahogs, oysters, mussels, and crabs among the rich mud flats by the water’s edge.
The Sippican Lands Trust is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 with the mission to acquire, manage, and protect natural areas in Marion for the benefit of the public. The land trust protects 1,350 acres that are open to all.