PILGRIM SPRING TRAIL, TRURO
By David Weintraub
HEALTH STATS NUMBER OF STEPS – 1,575 | ESTIMATED CALORIES BURNED – 147*
*Number of steps based on approximately 2,250 steps per mile; average stride 2.35 Feet. Calories burned based on 160 lb. walker, from walkmeter app.
Where the Pilgrims first found fresh water, you can enjoy a quiet ramble amid a variety of native trees and shrubs on this short, easy loop. Trailside markers identify some of the common plants.
Just before reaching the interpretive shelter, veer right on a dirt trail and enjoy a level, forested walk. On a curvy course, descend gently to an overlook where the view extends eastward across a freshwater marsh to a line of dunes and beyond to the Atlantic Ocean. A narrow corridor of shrubs leads moderately downhill via dirt steps to a clearing with a picnic table. Nearby, less than a week after making landfall in Provincetown, a party of Pilgrims found their first supply of fresh water here. Look for the spring beside a split-rail fence, near a stone marker.
With a bike trail on your left, turn right and climb a trail carpeted with pine needles. The pitch pines here are elderly, their limbs twisted with age and exposure to the elements. After a switchback and a moderate ascent, find level ground amid the pines. Soon reach a paved path that skirts some restrooms and leads through a picnic area. When you reach a large parking area, cross it and find the continuation of the trail, now a level dirt track. At a grassy area, climb an embankment to reach the east side of the first parking area.
|Distance: 0.7 miles
||Scenery: Dunes, forest, marsh
||Bicycles not allowed
|Type of Walk: Loop
||Exposure to sun: Partial
||Dogs not allowed
||Trail Surfaces: Dirt, payment
||Hunting not allowed
|Time to walk: 1 hour or less
|Trail traffic: Moderate
||Facilities: Restrooms and water (seasonal), picnic tables, interpretive shelter
From the intersection of Routes 6 and 6A in North Truro, take Route 6 north for 2.1 miles, then turn right on an unnamed road signed Pilgrim Heights. Go 0.5 miles to a large, paved parking area on the left side of a one-way loop. Two trails depart from a trailhead at the northwest side of the one-way loop. The trail to Pilgrim Spring veers right (northeast).The trail to neighboring Small’s Swamp goes left (northwest) toward the interpretive shelter.