THIS IS A WALK AT A SNAPPY PACE AND DOGS WILL BE OFF LEASH WHERE IT IS SAFE FOR THEM TO BE LOOSE. I didn't post this walk in July because the biting horse flies were soooo bad. Hopefully, their numbers will have decreased by late August, but plan on insect repellent for you and your dog.
Find us on Bell's Neck Rd. at 9:00 AM where water comes right up next to the west side of the road... near a small parking area and the wooden structure shown in the photo. That is about 1/3 mile south of Great Western Rd, below the bike path. You can park anywhere along the road.
We'll walk south on Bell's Neck Rd, where there will be a few passing cars, then take left up a dirt road (no cars here usually) that heads down to a bridge that crosses the Herring River..there are expansive views of a salt marsh. We'll do another dirt road and get to another bridge. The walk is pretty much in dead shade and should also last no more than 1 hour.
Bell's Neck is a popular birding area and we can probably find black crowned night herons and other birds. This wonderful 259 acre area is part of the Harwich Conservation Trust.
It's a great dog walking area. Even though there are a few vehicles going through, we'll stay on the dirt roads to avoid ticks. If it's hot, you can cool your dog down, before starting the walk, in the water near the parking area.
Bell's Neck Rd. runs between Great Western Rd on the north and Depot Rd and Rt 28, at the south end.
Guests are welcome on walks. No need to ever bring a dog on dog-friendly walks.