Drummer Cove

Drummer Cove

Wellfleet, Massachusetts 02667

Official Website
Drummer Cove trail guide and map

About this Location

The Drummer Cove Conservation Area, 11.3 acres plus easements, includes salt marsh, tidal flats, coastal bank, and oak-pine forest on its upland. The entire area is within the recharge area to Drummer Cove and as such falls into the Wellfleet Harbor Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The land is in state-designated Priority Habitat for rare species. The four benches provide great views of the Cove.

Exit US-6 heading west for approximately .5 miles on Paine Hollow Road to the first stop sign. Turn left on Pleasant Point Road for approximately .25 miles. Turn left onto Pond Ave for .3 miles, the last part being a dirt road to a parking area at the trailhead.

Notable Trails

The trailhead is at 170 Pond Ave in South Wellfleet View Map.

The Drummer Cover Trail loop, 1.1 miles, links two primary habitats, upland, and lowland. Within the oak and pine forest, a multitude of bird and plant species flourish. The lowland portion is flat and follows the wrack line along the marsh edge. The tidal range of 9-11 feet leads to changing views, varying from a bright blue bay to an oozy flat. When the tide is low a mud flat emerges. Look and listen for foraging shorebirds, scurrying fiddler crabs, and an occasional horseshoe crab. This connection between woodland and the sea contributes to making Wellfleet a very special place.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website

Last updated March 6, 2024