Early bloomer

An overzealous Rhodie brightens a Yarmouth Port trail
A Rhododenron blooms on Cinco de Mayo. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

There is nothing better to follow up a hearty breakfast at the Hearth 'n Kettle, than a vigorous walk in the woods. The Cape is filled with wonderful trails and one such gem is the Historical Society of Yarmouth (HSOY) in Yarmouth Port.  The historical society owns and maintains more than 50 acres of unblemished pond and woodland just off of Route 6A in Yarmouth Port.

Crisscrossing paths meander through an area that was once a private golf course from the late 1800s through the early 1900s, according to the HSOY website. 

Follow trails upward, then down along Miller's Pond beside the old train tracks. The nature trails are also home to the Kelley Chapel. Built in 1873 as a non-sectarian chapel, services and special events are still held here today.

Only May 5 and the Cape is coming alive. Trees are already bursting and flowering and a giant Rhododendron at the entrance to the trail is already in bloom.

Admission is by donation. Access to the HSOY nature trails is behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office on Route 6A.

(The Pond Trail runs along Millers Pond. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.)

(Miller's Pond at the center of the HSOY nature trails. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.)

(Kelley Chapel on the HSOY nature trails. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.)

(The entrance to the HSOY nature trails, where a Rhododendron is already in full bloom. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.)

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