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“Beautiful and remote, a moment of tranquillity away from the crowds.”
Review of White Cedar Swamp

White Cedar Swamp
Ranked #4 of 39 things to do in Wellfleet
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The site of Marconi's wireless transmission station.
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Wellfleet has several gems (see the Audubon Sanctuary) that provide some outdoor moments of quiet and calm. The White Cedar Swamp is one such place. Beautifully maintained including the elevated walkway, the area seems so remote from the rest of the Cape as to be almost surreal. The folks who 50 years ago moved to the area established as a national seashore really made a great contribution to the community. The White Cedar Swamp allows visitors to experience a natural area that was one ubiquitous on the lower Cape but has almost completely been lost to human development. The swamp is quiet, mysterious, and very accessible. It feels like a discovery adventure, ending up at a bluff overlooking the huge expanse of the ocean as seen from Marconi Beach where the first transatlantic radio transmission occurred. The White Cedar Swamp is great for solo visits, couples, and families. I think the walkway is stroller and wheelchair accessible. As another reviewer noted, unless there is a breeze or it has been an unusually dry summer, the swamp can be buggy (that shouldn't be a surprise) but very manageable. Cool an quiet, even on summer's hottest days.

Thank Kristin B
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

The trail to the white cedar swamp near Wellfleet, MA in the national Seashore is a nice walk in the scrub forest just beyond the dunes . At the end of the trial there are white cedars in a swamp. You start and end up on the bluff, over looking the ocean and Marconi beach which is a bit farther south. This is near the site where Marconi transmitted the first message by wireless (radio) from the US to England. The Marconi towers are gone, and the bluffs have eroded in the face of the sea. Our party saw a whale offshore. Seals are common just past the surf. But you have to scrutinize the sea to see these creatures.

Thank GC_Guru
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

This is an interesting walk through a swampy area, with lots of white cedar trees and other plant life. A definite change of pace from the Cape. There is an elevated walkway, and there are a few benches to sit on, but sometimes the mosquitoes can get really obnoxious and you need to keep moving. It can be a good diversion for kids that doesn't take more than a couple of hours at most.

Thank gatsbyCleveland_Ohio
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

This is a pleasant stroll thru varying topography. Bear in mind you and your kids need to stay on the trail because the woods and swamp are tick infested. Also no dogs are allowed, even on leash. Still it's a fascinating and lovely walk.

1  Thank Kiminsa
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Great trail. Very nice walk for all ages. Always a fun feature is the boardwalk through the marsh, very cool. 1 mile walk.

Thank Josefresco
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