Coastal Plain Ponds, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA
This fourth and final walk in our 2018 series Plants & Their Places takes place in an unusually interesting area of Massachusetts. Myles Standish is state forest in Carver and Plymouth Massachusetts, about an hour east of Providence. It boasts 26 square miles of Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak forest, and dozens of coastal plain ponds, also known as kettle ponds. These shallow ponds are not fed by surface streams, but by groundwater and precipitation. Each summer, as water levels drop, the newly exposed shore sprouts a unique assemblage of interesting plants. We will explore several ponds as well as some of the pitch pine areas.
Wet feet are not likely.
Meeting Place: Forest Headquarters, 194 Cranberry Rd, Carver, MA. https://binged.it/2pYsr4B
Directions from Providence, RI:
· From I-195 east, take exit 21 in Wareham, MA, and turn right (southeast) onto MA-28 (Cranberry Hwy).
· Go .8 miles and turn left (north) onto Tihonet Rd.
· Go 1.4 miles to where Tihonet Rd turns sharply right into the “Farm to Market Village”. Do NOT turn right, but continue straight (north) on Farm-to-Market Rd.
· Go 1.5 miles and the road changes to Federal Rd.
· Go 2.5 miles to the end, and turn right (east) onto Cranberry Rd.
· Go 1.5 miles to the end, and park at the Forest Headquarters. We will carpool from here.
Walk Leader: Doug McGrady – firstname.lastname@example.org – 401-935-5367 cell
For a preview of plants from Myles Standish State Forest, see Doug’s Flicker Album
This walk is a part of our Plants & Their Places Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks and other types of walks that we offer.