National Seashore Re-Opens Red Maple Swamp Trail

Eastham trail had been closed for six years
Cape Cod National Seashore workers hang a banner announcing the re-opening of Red Maple Swamp trail (CCNS video image capture)

From the Cape Cod National Seashore:

After nearly six years of closure due to deterioration, the main section of the Red Maple Swamp Trail in Eastham is repaired and open! Locals and visitors enjoy this trail as a shady respite with great birding. The boardwalk over the water and fireflies on summer nights thrill kids. And families who use strollers and folks who have walking difficulties or use wheelchairs appreciate that the trail is accessible (use the Hemenway Landing entrance). This project is a great example of community effort: Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore raised $25k (thank you, Friends and donors!) that leveraged over $570k in National Park Service entrance fee funds to repair and replace 4,301 linear feet of boardwalk and structural support. Friends' volunteers helped clear overgrown vegetation, and talented seashore laborers rebuilt the trail, employing inventive methods given the trail's challenging environment and meandering route. Our colleagues at Fire Island National Seashore guided our approach to the project. The spur trail remains closed and will be repaired in fall/winter. There will be some closures of the main trail after the season to rebuild old trail sections that are safe, but were not able to be replaced in time for the summer Go take a hike!

See National Seashore video below.

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