D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands

Acres: 77
Total Trail Length: 1.25 miles

Conservation History and Importance:

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In 2003, HCT and the Trust for Public Land helped the Town pre s e rve 42 acres of this 77-acre assemblage. This landscape was saved thanks to more than 1,100 HCT donors; challenge grants from Wequassett Resort and others; town and federal funds. HCT holds a permanent conservation restriction on the town’s 42 acres. The land stretches nearly one-half mile along Monomoy River (Muddy Creek) with a scenic view of Pleasant Bay.

HCT helped preserve this land to protect the Pleasant Bay estuary, public drinking water supply, cultural history, wildlife habitat, walking trails and a stunning view from Route 28 of woods rambling down to water. This singular landscape is dedicated in memory and honor of D. Isabel Smith, a founding Trustee of the Harwich Conservation Trust and Chair of the To w n ’s Real Estate & Open Space Committee. She led conservation successes with grace, persistence, and a sparkle in her eye.

Trailhead Parking:

  • From Rt. 39, take Bay Road one mile east to parking area on the right, opposite Blue Heron Landing.
  • From Rt. 28, take Bay Rd. 0.3 mile west to the parking area on left.

NOTE: This land contains sensitive wildlife and water resources so no dogs please. Thompson’s Field provides a nearby dog-walking alternative.