Be prepared to explore when you visit Cataumet Greenway! This diverse patchwork of nine different protected parcels, stretching from bogs to Buzzards Bay, creates a web of new places to discover.
The majority of Cataumet Greenway’s trails tangle through the hilly forests of Robinson Conservation Area, Broyer Conservation Area, Joyce Path, and DeNormandie Woods. It’s at the ends of these trails where you’ll find the most interesting sights. Head west to Dimmick Waterfront for a scenic picnic or sunset from the memorial bench on Red Brook Harbor. Or head north to Dimmick Field, where you’ll find a working cranberry bog and tree farm.
Cataumet Greenway’s vast network of trails lead for roughly two miles through the area’s varying habitats. Explore one section of the greenway for a quick escape to nature, or walk the full north-south length for a few hours of discovery. (Download trail map)
Starting from the southernmost trailhead at the Cataumet Post Office, head north to reach a maze of looping trails through Robinson Conservation Area. These trails wind along ridges and can be steep in spots. You can also reach these trails from Dimmick Waterfront, which is an excellent place to start a shorter (but steeper) walk.
For a longer walk, cross the railroad tracks into Broyer Conservation Area. These wooded trails loop east toward John E. Handy Conservation Area (across Depot Road) and north to Joyce Path and DeNormandie Woods before ending at Red Brook Harbor Road.
To reach the cranberry bogs and tree farm, start your walk from the marked trailhead near the intersection of County Road and Shore Road. Follow the path along Dimmick Field, a privately owned horse farm that has been protected forever with a conservation restriction. The red arrows will lead you to the cranberry bogs, while the green arrows will return you through the tree farm. Please respect private property by staying on the marked trails.
Habitats & Wildlife
Cataumet Greenway is home to numerous species of wild animals and a variety of wildflowers. As you walk through the greenway, you’ll watch the landscape change: from rolling hills created by glaciers during the last Ice Age to low-lying waterfront salt marshes. Along the trails in Broyer Conservation Area, look for lady slippers and rhododendrons growing in late spring and early summer.
The Bourne Conservation Trust (BCT) is a nonprofit land trust with a primary objective of acquiring land and leaving it in its natural state. The BCT owns and maintains over 200 acres of open space with miles of walking trails.