It is now March and the start of March is beautiful! The weather is climbing up to the 50’s and there’s been no rain. Time to explore some more trails! I was up in P’town for a Logan Kinei Guide private client and Kait decided to tag along with Weston so we could hit a trail afterwards. I have been eyeing up the Pamet Trails (or Pamet Cranberry Bog Trail) as a shorter experience, so this seemed to be a good day to do it. It was a bit windy so we wanted to stay away from the beach with Weston.
Pamet Area Trail is in Truro, towards the ocean. As we were driving to the parking area it felt like it was wrong, as it often does. There was a dead end and school signs. What school is back here in this old house? Well, it’s the N.E.E.D. Academy, which apparently is also a hostel in season. We had never heard of it before. It seemed strange at first. This house is a big house but a small school. We know where the Truro school is, so this isn’t it. We looked it up, and, wow, are we so happy we now know about N.E.E.D. Academy. Taken from their website:
“The Seashore Program provides the opportunity for 5th grade students to live, explore, and study in a beautiful setting within the Cape Cod National Seashore. Our living space is a former Coast Guard Station with some grand views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamet River valley. Our classroom consists of the beaches, dunes, woods, marshes, bogs, swamps, and ponds of the National Seashore. The N.E.E.D. (National Environmental Education Development) Academy is run by the Falmouth, Dennis-Yarmouth, and Monomoy schools, which send all their fifth grade classes. The program was established as a Collaborative in 1974, and hosts between 750 and 1,000 students each school year for their 2 ½ or 5 day-overnight environmental education experience.”
How incredible is that!?
There are about seven or eight parking spots on N. Pamet Rd, directly across from where the trail starts, and a small parking lot just off the road. It looks like you are pulling into the N.E.E.D. Academy but the parking lot is in there. I also noticed a 2 hour parking sing in the lot, not sure how or if that is enforced for the entire lot.
The trail is definitely an easy trail that is very clearly marked, one of the easiest and most well marked trails we have been on. You are climbing up and down intermittently through much of the trail, but there is wood laid for steps throughout.
The trail takes you through wooded areas, an overlook dune area, Bearberry Hill Summits, and an old cranberry bog house. There are options to take much more narrow trails for a longer trip. This is also not a loop trail, you have to walk back on the same trail to get back to the parking area, or walk along N. Pamet Rd. from the bog house.
We decided to mostly stay on the primary trail. Off of the primary trail, early on in the walk, are the East and West Bearberry Hill Summits. The east overlooks the beach, ocean, N.E.E.D. Academy. The west overlooks what used to be the cranberry bog and beautiful wooded lands. Both have a few houses mixed in. We then simply walked back down to the main trail and continued on to where the trail splits to “Overlook” and “Bog House”. We took the quick walk up to the overlook which is a nice dune that looks out over Ballston Beach, which is huge. The Atlantic Ocean beaches are just massive. It’s a beautiful spot.
On Logan Kinei Nature Experiences, the Bearberry Hill Summits and overlook are great areas for us to connect with one another, and do mobility and breathwork. Though we didn’t extend this walk, I think walking up through a smaller trail through the Truro hills then coming around to end the extension at the overlook would be really great. Then from there we can continue down to the Bog House, which is a nice wooded trail. We can finish at the Bog House, with the option to walk back on the road or back through the trail. Without the extension, the walk trail is about 1.9 miles round trip, according to AllTrails.com. I think it would be about 3 miles with the extension up to the overlooks through the Truro Hills.
Kait and I really enjoyed Pamet Trails. Nothing was challenging but there are some great views and great nature. We felt wonderful being out there and recommend this trail. This trail will definitely be part of Logan Kinei Nature Experiences.
Time for entire experience:
1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours (on the long end)
- It is a fast walk, but we will take our time at the viewing areas.
- You must be able to:
- Easily walk inclines and declines – slopes and stairs
- Some Sand
- Walk quickly
- You must be able to:
- Mobility and breathwork
- Connection! with people & nature & yourself
- Meditative Walk/Hike in Nature
- Silent meditative walk in nature
- Group discussions
- No Technology!
Be prepared for:
- Sun Protection
- Potential Wild Life interaction
- No Bathroom
- No Water (please bring your own water or purchase a Logan Kinei Water Bottle and we will bring it filled with fresh clean water)
- Inclines and declines – slopes and stairs
- Some Sand
- Walk quickly
- Pamet Area Trails, Truro, MA – 42.001310, -70.025480
- N. Pamet Road, Truro, MA
- Can put Bearberry Hill Eastern Summit or HI Truro Hostel (which is where the N.E.E.D. Academy is too) in Google Maps and it will take you right to the parking area
- No pets allowed. Unfortunately, there are several signs at the start of the trail.
- Despite All Trails saying pets friendly
- NPS site also states no pets
Check Logan Kinei Wellness & Nature Experience Events Calendar for Dates, Times, Locations and Sign-ups. I’ll be updating this calendar regularly so keep your eye on it.
If you have questions about a particular trail or time of the year you are visiting and what I am offering, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org