Cornelius Pond Woodlands

Acres: 15
Total Trail Length: 0.5 mile

Conservation History and Importance:

In 2019, the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), the Town of Harwich, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts partnered to preserve Cornelius Pond Woodlands. The 15-acre property located at 588 Queen Anne Road had been owned by the Ovaska family since the 1930s. When the property was put on the market for $1.15 million back in 2015, HCT led a partnership with the Town and State to save the scenic and ecologically important setting.

The Ovaska family agreed to sell the property to HCT for $800,000. HCT donors contributed over $500,000, a State grant added $85,000, and Harwich residents voted $200,000 through the Town’s Community Preservation Act Fund. Thanks to the land preservation partnership, the diverse habitats of woodland, wetland, pondshore, and meadow are now permanently protected and visitors can enjoy a new walking trail.

 

Trailhead Parking:

From the intersection of Rt. 124 and Queen Anne Road, drive approx. one-half mile east. Watch for HCT’s oval sign on your left and the parking area.