Winsegansett Marshes

Discover a sweeping view of salt marshes and shimmering waves along outer New Bedford Harbor at Winsegansett Marshes in Fairhaven. With a scenic trail through the woods and marsh to Winsegansett Pond and a sandy beach, this Sconticut Neck destination is a gem that’s waiting for you to discover.

Discover Buzzards Bay Sponsored By primary sponsor logo
Discover Buzzards Bay Sponsored By

Features

sandy beach at Winsegansett Marshes in Fairhaven

Take a walk down the sand at the end of the trail Winsegansett Marshes to explore life on this important barrier beach on outer New Bedford Harbor.

Don’t let Winsegansett Marshes’ unassuming trailhead along Sconticut Neck Road fool you – just beyond the trees lies a spectacular, one-of-a-kind view of the open waters of outer New Bedford Harbor and Buzzards Bay. Looking out over Winsegansett Pond and the salt marshes surrounding it, you can watch birds soar over the natural landscape while fishing vessels steam in and out of the working harbor.

Trails

The looping, well-marked trail at Winsegansett Marshes begins from two small roadside trailheads. Altogether, the loop is just under a mile and takes about an hour to fully explore. If you’re looking for a longer walk, carefully cross Sconticut Neck Road to explore neighboring Shipyard Farm as well – a total walk of about 2.76 miles.

The main trail to Winsegansett Pond begins from the southern trailhead on Sconticut Neck Road. This wide, mossy path has sturdy boardwalks through the wettest parts of the marsh. Along the way to the pond, stop at the osprey overlook marker to take a peek at an osprey platform across the marsh. When you see signs marked “Winsegansett Pond,” turn left off the main trail to enjoy the pond view.

If you keep walking on the main trail past the pond, you’ll soon reach a crushed shell driveway. This portion of the trail crosses private property, so please follow the green markings to stay on the trail. Keep straight to reach the sandy barrier beach, which you can walk down to the left until you reach the inlet of Winsegansett Pond.

Habitats & Wildlife

Winsegansett Pond is a shallow pond that sits on outer New Bedford Harbor, near where the harbor opens up to Buzzards Bay. This thriving coastal ecosystem of tidal flats, salt marsh, and sandy barrier beach is home to a vast array of species, from crabs crawling along the sand to birds and mammals hunting for prey.

Together, the properties at Winsegansett Marshes and Shipyard Farm protect more than 200 acres of woods, wetlands, and farmland on Fairhaven’s Sconticut Neck, a narrow peninsula of land between New Bedford Harbor and Nasketucket Bay. By conserving this land, we can protect clean water in Buzzards Bay for future generations.

Property Owned By

The Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust (FALPT) is a nonprofit organization that has been working since 1992 to preserve open space and the rural characteristics of Acushnet and Fairhaven.

Details
Size: 160 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Roadside parking at trailheads on Sconticut Neck Road
Trail Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate
Dogs: Yes
Facilities: None
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
646 Sconticut Neck Rd.
Fairhaven, MA 02719
41.601440, -70.858493

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Winsegansett Marshes
Fairhaven, MA
View larger map

Related Stories

Coalition members share 14 of their favorite places on Buzzards Bay

To kick off summer, our members shared 14 of their favorite places: harbors, beaches, trails, and all the other fantastic spots where people like you can discover Buzzards Bay summer long.

Full Story ›
14 places around Buzzards Bay that we love

There’s a lot to explore — and love — around Buzzards Bay. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we asked land trusts from Westport to Falmouth to share their favorite places.

Full Story ›
35 dog-walking destinations to discover in southeastern Massachusetts

For dog owners, part of the fun of outdoor exploration is having your faithful companion by your side. Here's a list of local places where you and your dog can run, walk, swim, and play.

Full Story ›

Upcoming Events Near Here

Evening Shorebird Stroll
Sat, July 22
9:00AM - 11:00AM
West Island Town Beach,
Fairhaven
Rise and Shine Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Sat, July 22
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Rise and Shine Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Sat, July 29
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven

Nearby Places To Go

Shipyard Farm

Shipyard Farm in Fairhaven packs a scenic punch in its short trail across farmland to serene Nasketucket Bay.

Pope Beach

A small, secluded spot on Priests Cove, Pope Beach in Fairhaven offers sparkling views of Buzzards Bay.

Winsegansett Marshes

With a scenic trail through the woods to Winsegansett Pond and a beach, this Fairhaven destination is a gem to discover.

Current Issues

Land Conservation

Conserving land is one of the most important ways to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. Since 1998, the Coalition has forever preserved more than 7,000 acres of land across our region.

Read More ›
48
out of 100

Bay Health: Outer New Bedford Harbor

Find your water quality score in Bay Health ›