Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to see spectacular bird life and salt marsh activity. Its 905 acres full of trails and natural habitats offer a number of different vantage points, and it’s well worth bringing a pair of binoculars to see what you can spy out. Over 300 bird species have been recorded during migration or nesting season, and the sanctuary’s half-mile stretch of beach provides important nesting habitat for rare piping plovers and terns. The sanctuary also attracts many raptors in all seasons including nesting ospreys and migrant bald eagles!
The Quansett Trail system offers visitors the opportunity to observe, interact with, and learn about the great diversity of habitats in the sanctuary. Visitors have many options to choose from including two western loops: one around a fresh pond, the other with a giant boulder to climb for treetop views. Two smaller loops provide east and west overlooks of the pond.
The Allens Neck Trail system, located off Allens Neck Rd. in Dartmouth, MA offers 1.5 miles of trails along the Woodland and Boulder Loops. Visitors can wander through rich wetlands, across old pasture land and among giant boulders or pass vernal pools full of fairy shrimp and tadpoles.
Trails open every day, dawn to dusk.