Two island ecosystems, a shrub swamp wetland and island moors dotted with kettle holes makes for fascinating hike through a section of the island molded by 500 feet of ice bearing down on it 21,000 years ago. A trail meanders along the edge of the Stump Swamp offering views of water and the birds that reside here. Connecting with Almanac Pond Road, the trail continues past Almanac Pond, a kettle hole itself, and over into the Nantucket Islands Land Bank’s portion of Norwood Farm, the result of a joint purchase of 207 acres with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation.
Norwood Farm is a unique mashup of much of the island’s terrain including forest, upland meadows, small ponds, a former cranberry bog and one of the island’s true flowing streams. This dual property hike can last 90-120 minutes depending on the group’s interest in seeing more or less of the area.
This hike costs $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Check the Hike Calendar to see when we are hiking the Stump Swamp/Norwood Farm trail and to book it. To arrange for a private hike on this route, call or email us for our rates and to discuss your hiking needs.
Taking a shuttle to this hike?
Take the ‘Sconset Via Polpis bus, get off at the “Wauwinet Road” stop and walk back to Almanac Pond Road. Walk approximately 3/4 of a mile south down this road to the Land Bank parking area where the white Nantucket Walkabout van will meet you! This bus route operates June 27-Sept. 5, 2016.
Logging your steps.
If you’re counting your steps with an a fitness/activity tracker, this hike offers around 4,100 steps.